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Oregon's Higher Ed Employees Want Priority For Vaccine

Oregon Education Association, We Are Teachers

Educators working at community colleges want to be prioritized the same as pre-school and K-12 employees in the COVID-19 vaccination distribution plan. The Oregon Education Association is circulating a petition.

The petition asks Governor Kate Brown and the COVID-19 Vaccine Advisory Task Force to add higher ed employees to the states’ “education priority groups” for vaccination. 

Brown has moved to allow those education priority groups to begin receiving shots on January 25th.

Part of a letter attached to the petition reads: “With an aging population, small classrooms and little-to-no guidance on safety from the state, community college employees are both critical and high-risk employees."

Tiffany joined the KLCC News team in 2007. She studied journalism at the University of Missouri-Columbia and has worked in a variety of media including television and daily print news. For KLCC, Tiffany reports on health care, social justice and local/regional news. She has won awards from Oregon Associated Press, PRNDI, and Education Writers Association.
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