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First Oregon healthcare workers receive COVID-19 vaccinations

Governor Kate Brown, state health officials, and hospitals in the Portland area streamed live as the first few healthcare workers received doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.

Posted: Dec 16, 2020 12:03 PM
Updated: Dec 16, 2020 2:09 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. — Governor Kate Brown, state health officials, and hospitals in the Portland area streamed live on Wednesday morning as the first few healthcare workers received doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. The first shipments of the vaccine arrived in-state on Monday, and are now being distributed to medical providers around the state.

Legacy Health and Oregon Health & Science University in Portland and Saint Alphonsus Medical Center on the Oregon-Idaho border are among those that began vaccinating staff Wednesday.

"This is the moment we have all been waiting for," said Governor Brown. "We kick off this historic vaccine campaign in Oregon with our health care workers, who have been our first line of defense against COVID-19. Today they received the first vaccinations in our state. These heroes have poured everything they have into this fight. And to all our health care workers, we thank you."

State officials have said they will receive 35,100 initial doses of the Pfizer vaccine that has been approved by federal and Western state authorities. Another vaccine made by Moderna is expected to receive federal approval soon.

Oregon health officials estimate there will enough of the two vaccines to initially inoculate about 100,000 people in the state.

"With these vaccinations, we finally can begin the long, steady process of turning the tide on the pandemic," Brown continued. "But until we can achieve community levels of immunity, we all must stay the course and continue to practice the safety measures we know can make an impact and stop the spread of this virus. I am so grateful to the majority of Oregonians who are following the recommendations of our public health experts by physically distancing, wearing a mask and limiting gatherings."

The first COVID-19 vaccinations are underway at U.S. nursing homes, where the virus has killed upwards of 110,000 people, even as the nation struggles to contain a surge so alarming that California is dispensing thousands of body bags and lining up refrigerated morgue trailers.

In Washington, lawmakers are closing in on a long-stalled coronavirus relief package that would send direct payments of perhaps $600 to most Americans.

Meanwhile, the U.S. appears to be days away from adding a second vaccine to its arsenal. At the same time, a major snowstorm pushing its way into the Northeast is raising fears it could disrupt distribution of the vaccine.


The Associated Press contributed to this report. This is a developing story and will be updated with more details as they emerge.

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Cases: 133205

Reported Deaths: 1800
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Washington18644171
Marion16172238
Clackamas11642138
Lane8272108
Jackson689285
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Malheur313152
Linn310846
Polk244640
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Coos93715
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Imperial25140463
Solano24732105
Santa Barbara24149231
Sonoma23607234
Merced23492296
Kings19125133
Placer16995173
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Madera13193130
Santa Cruz12026113
Marin11482153
Yolo10406131
Shasta9594117
Butte9359121
El Dorado757544
Sutter756077
Napa735639
Lassen509413
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Tehama397142
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Nevada314473
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Amador298629
Lake250428
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Glenn189419
Colusa16919
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