Oregon Hospitals COVID-19 Vaccination Schedule Warns of Potential Chaos Friday,

Oregon Hospitals COVID-19 Vaccination Schedule Warns of Potential Chaos Friday, 
Brown announced on Jan. 15 that teachers and other school workers will be enrolled in the state's next round of vaccinations. The plan to give priority to teachers dates back to late last year, Brown said.

 In a statement Friday, the Oregon Association of Hospitals & Health Systems President and CEO Becky Hultberg criticized the decision to block access to COVID- 19 vaccines are rapidly expanding, "creating unreasonable expectations".  The main concern that Hultberg described in his statement was about the availability of vaccine doses at a time when states in the United States are running low and awaiting replenishment of their supplies. 40-440-4 "We are deeply concerned that the governor, by expanding Eligibility for teachers and other school employees, in addition to people 65 and older, is increasing the demand for the vaccine well beyond the supply available in some regions, "Hultberg's statement began. He went on to say that some health care systems will be able to meet demand for doses, but added that others are less likely to be able to do so.

 Teachers and other school employees will be eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine in Oregon starting on the 25th. from January. In the photo above, healthcare workers from the Portland Veterans Affairs Medical Center will receive COVID-19 vaccines on December 16, 2020 in Portland, Oregon. Nathan Howard / Getty

 "Our hospitals and community partners have made great strides in creating vaccine programs from scratch with virtually no state or federal aid, including funding," said Hultberg's statement. "We are concerned that the current plans will add stress and potential chaos to these efforts as facilities are inundated with anxious residents looking for the vaccine. "
" That statement is factually incorrect, "Brown's office assistant communications director Charles Boyle told Newsweek. "We encourage the hospital association to read our vaccine plan and speak to its member hospitals before they send out poorly-investigated press releases. OHA presented a calendar today at our press conference on how we plan to vaccinate educators and individuals. Seniors on a realistic schedule with the vaccine supplies we have available We are working closely with Oregon hospitals to implement that plan. As recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in early December, Oregon prioritized healthcare workers and residents of long-term care facilities in its first round of COVID-19 vaccines. According to Brown, Oregon earlier this week finished vaccinating all residents 65 and older who live in long-term care facilities and want to get vaccinated.

 "Educators can get vaccinated quickly, district by district," Brown said. . "This election represents swift action that will have a huge impact on the children of Oregon. "

Brown said that protecting older people has been a priority" from day one of this response, "but said it was also important to consider the long-term impacts of distance learning on children. He referred to a study published on last month by consulting firm McKinsey and Company, which explored the "high cost" of COVID-19 in terms of learning loss among school-age children. The study said those costs were especially compounded among students of color.

 " If we were to vaccinate all of Oregon seniors first the unfortunate and harsh reality is that many of our educators would not be vaccinated this school year, and Oregon children would continue to suffer, "said Brown. 

 Teachers and other employees Schoolchildren can begin receiving COVID-19 vaccines the week of Jan.25, Brown said Friday. 
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