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ONA Abides By New Vax Rule For All Healthcare Workers

White Bird Clinic, Chris Hecht

Following Governor Kate Brown’s recent rule change requiring COVID-19 vaccinations for health care workers-- the Oregon Nurses Association says it’s all in.

The ONA calls upon all nurses to get vaccinated before the October 18th deadline—or fill out the necessary paperwork for exemption. Failure to do so may result in the termination of unvaccinated nurses. This at a time when the state faces an unprecedented nurse staffing crisis.

Registered Nurse Lynda Pond is president of the ONA. She said, “Our goal is to work with the hospitals to have adequate PPE on the ground. To have COVID sick pay for nurses that have reactions to the vaccine.”

The Oregon Nurses Association says it is no longer a question of whether or not health care workers should be vaccinated.  Now, it's the law.

Credit Oregon Nurses Association

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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