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Oregon faces short staffing and not enough customers to inject 1 million booster shots

Syringes of the Pfizer vaccine during a COVID-19 vaccine clinic. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

Oregon officials are still working out details on how they will get 1 million booster doses into the arms of Oregonians by the end of January in the scramble to head off a feared surge of the omicron variant.

Gov. Kate Brown announced the ambitious goal just last Friday after getting an alarming new forecast that predicted that Oregon hospitals might not have enough staffed beds by early February because of the new Covid variant.

But that goal is daunting, requiring that vaccinators triple the pace of shots – provided enough Oregonians willing to get them.

This week, state officials had high hopes but few details of how that would get done.

The Oregon Health Authority promised to add three new . . .