Federal judge rejects last-ditch effort to block Oregon Covid vaccine mandate

Angelica Resendiz, a registered nurse with the Malheur County Health Department shows one of the syringes used to deliver flu vaccine. (The Enterprise/FILE)

A federal judge on Monday struck down a last-minute attempt to block Oregon’s vaccination mandate for teachers, health care workers and state employees, while another heard arguments in a similar case. 

Most people working in health care or education and executive branch employees had until the end of the day Monday to prove they’ve been fully vaccinated. Unless they’re represented by unions that successfully bargained for a delayed deadline or received medical or religious exemptions, any employees who haven't been fully vaccinated will have to take time off or even lose their jobs.

State employees and others have been turning to courts in a last-minute effort . . .