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First Vaccine Shipments Expected In Oregon Next Week


The first doses of the newly-approved vaccine will be given to health care workers exposed to COVID-19 patients.

Oregon health officials say, pending FDA aprroval, the first shipment of COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer are expected to arrive next week. The first allocation of 125,000 doses will go to frontline health care workers and residents of long term care facilities.

During a conference call with reporters, Dr. Joe Sullivan with Oregon Health Authoritysaid the state’s hospital situation is critical but initial supplies will be limited.

“We realize that hospitals are going to need to prioritize because they’re not going to be getting enough vaccine all that he same time to provide vaccine for all of their staff,” Sullivan said.

Oregon expects to start receiving the first portion of 100,000 Moderna vaccines the week of December 22nd. Sullivan said more vaccines are expected in January, but there’s no estimate yet of when the general public will have access.

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Rachael McDonald is KLCC's All Things Considered host. She also reports on a variety of topics including local government, education, and breaking news.