Oregon will become the 49th state on Wednesday to start vaccinating healthcare workers and long-term care facility residents against it. Covid-19 – after two days First shipments Arrived early Monday morning.
A group of healthcare workers at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in North Portland will be the first to be injected with the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine in the state, followed by workers at the University of Oregon Health and Science in southwest Portland and St. Alphonse Medical Center in Ontario on the Oregon border. Idaho
Officials with the Oregon Health Authority and Governor Kate Brown’s office did not immediately answer questions on Tuesday about why the launch of the vaccine in Oregon took two days and whether that indicated problems with planning or distribution efforts in Oregon.
Several states received their first shipments Sunday evening or early Monday morning. The first Oregon 975 dose package arrived at 6:45 am Monday.
By Tuesday afternoon, 48 states and the District of Columbia had already started the first injections. Unlike Oregon, only Tennessee has vaccinated its first inhabitants.
According to The Tennessean, the state received its first doses on Monday but put them into storage as a backup because the state leaders decided there was no fair way to determine which hospital got the doses first. Governor Bill Lee said fairness must be overtaken by speed, according to The News.
In Oregon on Wednesday, the governor’s office will be broadcasting live broadcasts to the three hospitals to vaccinate their first employees with the vaccine. Legacy Health received its first shipments on Monday, and OHSU and Saint Alphonsus Medical Center said their initial shipments will arrive Tuesday.
The live broadcast is scheduled to begin at 11 am on Wednesday. The audience can watch Here.
– Amy Green [email protected]; o_aimee