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Oregon hopes to vaccinate 30,000 health care workers against Covid by end of 2020

Pat Allen, Oregon Health Authority director, participates in a daily briefing for congressional staff via phone on Monday, April 20. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

An estimated 30,000 frontline health care workers will be vaccinated against Covid by the end of the year, Oregon Health Authority Director Pat Allen announced Wednesday.

That assumes vaccines in development now earn federal regulatory approval in the coming weeks.

The announcement was a bright spot in an otherwise gloomy news conference where Gov. Kate Brown announced most of the state would remain under a “freeze” order limiting capacity in retail businesses and banning indoor dining, though restaurants can resume outdoor service next week.

Allen said . . .