The Oregon Health Authority on Wednesday reported 481 new coronavirus cases and seven deaths, as state officials released a tally of vaccine doses that have been discarded since inoculations began in December.
Under Senate Bill 719, “when questions are asked, unless there’s a reason not to, then information will be released,” says Sen. Michael Dembrow, D-Portland.
Appointments through Oregon Health & Science University for Portland International Airport's drive-through clinic were all taken within 30 minutes.
The problem could strip 15 million doses from the national supply, jeopardizing Oregon's promise to vaccinate every resident 16 and older before summer.
Residents are finding it easier to drive to the Oregon State Fairgrounds and get vaccinated than to secure an appointment in Portland because of an uneven allocation of doses among counties.
Oregon researchers found a case of a rapidly spreading coronavirus variant that was first detected in Britain combined with a mutation that could be more resistant to vaccines.
Since 2016, Oregon women have had the option to end their early pregnancies at home with an abortion through TelAbortion, a telemedicine program that allows women to bypass in-person visits.
The federal government sent roughly 12,000 vaccine doses to more than 120 Costco, Health Mart, Safeway and Albertsons pharmacies in 27 of Oregon’s 36 counties last week as part of the initial phase of the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program.
The Oregon Health Authority said 133 pharmacies across the state will receive a combined 12,000 doses,with an average of 90 doses going to each participating pharmacy.