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UPDATES: Employees can be required to get vaccinations, according to state

January 12, 2021 at 8:58am

State says Salem employers can require vaccinations, with exceptions

Salem Health held a Covid vaccine clinic at the state fairgrounds on Jan. 7 (Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter)

Oregon Labor Commissioner Val Hoyle announced Tuesday that employers in Oregon can require vaccinations for their employees.

Hoyle's agency, the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries, said the state guidance largely matches that from the federal government.

“Covid-19 vaccines are becoming more and more widely available each day, and vaccinations hold the key to returning Oregonians to life less restricted by the pandemic,” says Labor Commissioner Val Hoyle. “We all must do everything we can to slow the spread of Covid-19 as quickly as possible – we’re in this together.”

There are exceptions, Hoyle's announcement said.

"By state law, workers who cannot be required to get a vaccine include people licensed or certified to provide health care, employees of health care facilities, licensed health care providers or clinical laboratories, firefighters, law enforcement officers, corrections officers, or parole and probation officers," the statement said.

Labor contracts with unions may also prohibit mandated vaccinations, the agency said.

The agency posted a link addressing questions over employee vaccinations.

January 12, 2021 at 8:58am

Covid vaccine clinic back open at state fairgrounds, 12-6pm

Salem Health began a Covid vaccine clinic at the state fairgrounds on Jan. 7 (Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter)

Health care workers, first responders and others now eligible for a Covid vaccine can get a shot at the state fairgrounds Tuesday.

Salem Health is reopening its vaccination clinic from noon to 6 p.m. with help from the National Guard. The clinic is open to people living and working in Marion County.

More information and pre-vaccine paperwork is available on the Salem Health website.

January 12, 2021 at 8:13am

Tanker crash blocks Northeast Commercial Street

A tanker truck rolled in a crash Tuesday morning in northeast Salem. Police said Northeast Commercial Street at the Salem Parkway would be closed until about 9:30 a.m. (Salem Police Department photo)

The Salem Police Department warned motorists that a truck crash will block Northeast Commercial Street at the Salem Parkway through the morning commute.

A tanker truck rolled at about 7:30 a.m., the agency said. There were no immediate details on injuries.

Police said Commercial Street would be closed until about 9:30 a.m.