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First COVID-19 vaccinations begin in Oregon

COVID-19 vaccine
Posted at 1:14 PM, Dec 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-16 15:14:02-05

Oregon hospitals have administered the first COVID-19 vaccines to health care workers.

Legacy Health and Oregon Health & Science University in Portland and Saint Alphonsus Medical Center on the Oregon-Idaho border are among those that began vaccinating staff Wednesday. State officials have said they will receive 35,100 initial doses of the Pfizer vaccine that has been approved by federal and Western state authorities.

Another vaccine made by Moderna is expected to receive federal approval soon. Oregon health officials estimate there will enough of the two vaccines to initially innoculate about 100,000 people in the state.