The pharmacies can start vaccinating Feb. 11 for those who qualify -- which will include people 80 and over but don't expect any one place to have a big stock.
The Oregon Health Authority said it lacks the personnel to continue releasing details but the decision means it will be impossible to track the effect of the governor's decision to delay the vaccination of seniors.
New guidelines, to go into effect Jan. 29 through Feb. 11, will allow gyms and theaters to open to a limited number customers in places, but the easing will not apply to indoor dining, which will remain banned in counties with the highest risk level.
With nearly 1.4 million people already in line, the Vaccine Advisory Committee recommended that BIPOC communities and people with underlying conditions -- totally 2.5 million people -- should follow seniors.
Fewer than 100 infections from the strain have been identified in the United States yet federal officials worry it could be the dominant form of the virus by March.
Gov. Kate Brown on Tuesday announced new coronavirus risk levels for counties across the state, shifting three additional counties on the coast and in eastern Oregon to the highest concern level.
The outbreak, infecting 49 staff members and patients, started Dec. 20 in a unit that treats patients who need ongoing, intense care for a stroke or brain injury, for example.
Legacy and OHSU throw out dozens of coronavirus doses but Patrick Allen, director of the health authority, said his agency knew of no wasted vaccines.
A top health official at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center in Vancouver said he doesn’t know how COVID-19 spread from one patient to another 29 people, including 18 additional patients.