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First Vaccine Shipments Expected in Oregon Next Week

Oregon Health Authority

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 Authority said 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.

Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s former News Director. Rachael has a BA in English from the University of Oregon. She started out in public radio as a newsroom volunteer at KLCC in 2000. After reporting for the Northwest News Network and KAZU, Rachael returned to KLCC in 2007 as Morning Edition host and a general assignment reporter covering politics, the environment, education, and the arts. She was hired as KLCC News Director in 2018. Rachael departed KLCC in June, 2022.