Gov. Kate Brown in her Portland office (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)
Teachers in Oregon will be able to get a Covid vaccine starting Jan. 25, but seniors will have to wait at least three weeks after expected additional vaccine doses from the federal government failed to materialize.
Gov. Kate Brown announced the changes in a news conference Friday, reversing course from a plan earlier this week that called for educators and Oregonians 65 and older to begin receiving vaccines next week.
That plan was based on the expectation that states would be receiving extra vaccines the federal government had been holding in reserve. But Brown said she learned Thursday night that the reserve did not actually exist, forcing the state to delay rollout.
She blamed the Trump administration for the rollback.
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