SALEM, Ore. -- Early Sunday morning, The Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup completed their review of the Pfizer vaccine and confirmed that the vaccine is safe.
The Workgroup gave their findings and confirmation to the Governors of Oregon, Nevada, California and Washington.
Back in October, Washington, Oregon and Nevada joined California’s COVID-19 Scientific Safety Review Workgroup and has worked concurrently and independently to review the FDA’s actions related to COVID-19 vaccinations.
The Workgroup will continue to evalute other coronavirus vaccines through the new year, after those vaccines move past the Food and Drug Administrations approval.
"With recommendations from the FDA, CDC, and, now, the Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup, Oregonians can rest assured that some of the best doctors, scientists, and immunologists in the world have reviewed the data and affirmed that the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is safe and effective,” said Governor Kate Brown. "We will work as quickly as possible to deliver vaccines to the public, starting with frontline health care workers and those who have been hardest hit by COVID-19. Please keep doing your part to keep your family and loved ones safe—wear a mask, stay home when you are sick, and avoid gatherings. Together, we can do this. Hope is on the way.”
According to the Oregon Health Authority, Oregon expects its first shipments of vaccines to arrive by Monday, December 14.