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Republican leaders of Oregon’s House and Senate issued a joint statement Friday, sharply criticizing Gov. Brown’s redirection of 32,000 vaccines from rural Oregon to Portland.

Representative Christine Drazan (R-Canby) and Senator Fred Girod (R-Lyons) responded to the Governor’s decision to send 32,000 additional vaccines to Portland, saying the Governor was once again prioritizing urban Oregon over the needs of rural Oregon.

“Without public input, the Governor’s announcement that she is redirecting 32,000 vaccines
from rural Oregon to Portland is troubling. Cities and counties across the state, who have faced the brunt of the Governor’s shutdown orders, carefully planned to safely vaccinate their communities have suddenly had their allocations redirected. This is an insult to them and unfair to their communities.”

Lincoln County Public Health issued a statement about vaccine redirection Thursday:

Public Health has learned that the State will be giving more vaccine to other counties to complete their Phase 1A vaccinations. This means that our county will see little to no additional vaccine being distributed over the next two weeks.

The health agency said almost all first responders, medical professionals and educators have been vaccinated and will be moving to vaccinate citizens aged 75 and older as soon as supply is available. Health officials said the slow down in vaccinations would allow an equitable distribution across the state.

Republican Senator Dick Anderson, representing the 5th District, spoke on the vaccine redeployment:

“Lincoln County has been efficient in providing vaccinations for those people in the 1A category and moving quickly to vaccinate teachers and more of the elderly, However, the Governor has allocated additional vaccines to Portland, away from such counties as Lincoln County, instead of equitably distributing those vaccines throughout Oregon.”

Oregon’s Republican leadership said the Emergency Board unfairly allocated federal COVID-19 dollars to prioritize Portland and with vaccines being rerouted from rural to urban areas, they feel Gov. Brown is picking winners and losers, saying rural Oregon is being “punished.”

“I am disappointed to hear that the coast has once again been penalized in favor of Portland,” Anderson said.

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5 COMMENTS

  1. What else is new? Vaccine should be by risk, not location, I thought that’s what we were promised. Maybe that was just a lie. Not that a politician would ever lie to us. As far as I’m, and probably many other people might feel, I thought Portland was a bastion of civil unrest and can just wait their turn, or is it the threat of a riot, I mean more riots? Some of us with pre-existing conditions would like to be vaccinated before some unwashed homeless camp or “important” people get cuts.

  2. “Oregon’s Republican leadership said the Emergency Board unfairly allocated federal COVID-19 dollars to prioritize Portland and with vaccines being rerouted from rural to urban areas”

    Coos, Klamath, Polk, Union, Umatilla, and Douglas counties are urban? That will come as news to them. Shifting resources to areas with the greatest need on a local level is what we WANT health authorities to do. It’s impossible to manage distribution by risk at the “individual person” level.

  3. They aren’t riots they are just mostly peaceful protest remember the summer of love event. That’s why they need more vaccines because they were loving each other while everyone else had to stay home and lose their businesses. Its ok just trust the government 100%.

  4. Some Oregon counties will receive fewer vaccines to allow others to catch up. Counties that have already vaccinated those eligible in Phase 1A will get less vaccine in the coming week, and other counties will get additional vaccines to help accelerate their Phase 1A process. 15 counties need more doses for Phase 1A. The steps there taking next week will help ensure that all of the counties are ready to move ahead when they open eligibility to older adults on February 8th.

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