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OSP officers' union hints at legal action after state official accidentally shares state employee vaccination info

The Statesman Journal and Oregonian reported Monday that they received the COVID-19 vaccination data for 40,000 date state employees from an Oregon Dept. of Administrative Services employee.

Posted: Oct 19, 2021 5:40 PM
Updated: Oct 19, 2021 6:17 PM

SALEM, Ore. — The union for Oregon State Police officers excoriated state officials and hinted at legal action after an employee of the Oregon Department of Administrative Services accidentally shared personal vaccination notes for thousands of state executive branch employees with at least two media outlets this week.

The Statesman Journal and the Oregonian reported on Monday night that they had requested vaccination data from ODAS for various state agencies after the COVID-19 vaccine mandate deadline arrived. Adam Crawford, the external relations director for ODAS, reportedly responded with a spreadsheet that included the requested information, but also the names and personal vaccination status for 40,000 state workers.

Both outlets reported that Crawford took the blame for the release and said it was a mistake. The Statesman Journal said that it would not publish the data and had deleted it. The Oregonian said that it would not publish the data in line with existing policy.

On Tuesday, the Oregon State Police Officers Association — which has been fighting the state in court over the vaccine mandate — released a statement saying that its "worst nightmare has been realized" with the release of personal medical and religious information belonging to members.

"Apparently, the State felt it was appropriate to allow the DAS public relations director access to sensitive personnel information," OSPOA said. "One wonders who else has access. The data breach is one more example of the State’s failure to take into consideration the concerns of its employees."

The Associated said that it has asked the state to identify who received the information and "take steps to recover" it, in addition to sending letters to the Oregonian and the Statesman Journal to "return the information" and delete it from their files.

"The Association should not have to make this request, but the Association at this point cannot depend on the Department of Administrative Services to follow up on their error," OSPOA continued. "The Oregon State Police Officers Association remains committed to looking after its members and will take the appropriate steps to remedy this situation."

The union said that it has filed a complaint under their contract with the state of Oregon, and is also exploring other legal remedies.

Republicans in the Oregon Senate also put out a statement on Tuesday, pointing the finger at Governor Kate Brown for implementing the vaccine mandate in the first place.

“I have been opposed to this overreach since the day Kate Brown announced it," Senate Republican Leader Fred Girod said. "Government should never coerce people into having medical procedures let alone keep track of this information. It proves to Oregonians they should not trust the government with their private health information or with this much power over their day-to-day lives."

Sen. Girod referenced staffing shortages from the vaccine mandate that have yet to materialize in most cases. OSP released data on Tuesday indicating that the vast majority of employees are in compliance with the mandate, either through vaccination or an exception. Only 11 employees had been placed on leave, and four had resigned.

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