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UPDATES: Salem-Keizer School Board to vote on property sale

May 10, 2021 at 5:06pm

FDA approves Pfizer vaccine for 12-15 year-olds, but Oregon teens will have to wait a few days for shots

Syringes of the Pfizer vaccine during a COVID-19 vaccine clinic at the Oregon State Fairgrounds on Thursday, Jan. 28. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Monday said the Pfizer Covid vaccine can be given to 12 to 15-year-olds after a scientific review found the benefits of vaccinating younger teens outweigh the risks.

But that doesn't mean appointments are open for teens just yet. That's likely to come later this week.

A federal committee, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, still needs to issue guidance on administering the vaccine. Then, the Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup will review federal data and make a recommendation to the governors of Oregon, California, Nevada and Washington about use the vaccine.

That workgroup is scheduled to meet Wednesday, May 12, the Oregon Health Authority said in a statement. Authorization could come soon after.

"In anticipation of recommendations for administration of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to this age group, we have been working with health care providers, pharmacies, community-based organizations, and school districts to make the Pfizer vaccine readily available for eligible youth throughout the state," OHA said in a statement.

-Rachel Alexander

May 10, 2021 at 2:07pm

Western Oregon University will require Covid vaccination for students, employees

The Western Oregon University campus in Monmouth (Courtesy/Diane Stevenson/WOU)

Students and employees of Western Oregon University will be required to be vaccinated against Covid to study or work in-person in the fall.

University President Rex Fuller announced the decision Monday during a virtual student information session.

“We know our students and employees miss the vibrance of in-person campus life, and we want to return to that while also supporting the overall safety of our communities. Vaccination is an important step toward pack immunity so our Wolves can be together again,” Fuller said in a statement. “In the meantime, we’ve been doing everything we can during spring term to make vaccines accessible to members of our campus community.”

The requirement would apply to students and employees at both the Monmouth and downtown Salem campuses. The university is also offering students a $25 bookstore voucher for getting vaccinated to incentivize participation, the announcement said.

The university didn't detail exemptions to the requirement in Monday's announcement, but spokeswoman Lisa Catto said the university expects to offer exemptions for health and religious reasons. She said specific details would be determined in coming months.

The university joins a growing list of colleges in Oregon that have said they will require vaccines for students come fall. Willamette University made a similar decision in late April, and Oregon State University announced it would require vaccination last week.

-Rachel Alexander

May 10, 2021 at 11:34am

Participate in survey gauging discrimination in Salem

Western Oregon University students and Salem’s Human Rights Commission want to know about your experiences with discrimination in the city.

The survey is anonymous and available until May 20.


Two participants will win a $25 gift card through a random drawing.

Last year, survey takers gave the city a “C” grade for discrimination. Gender, age and weight were the most common reasons given for discrimination. 

-Saphara Harrell

May 10, 2021 at 10:51am

AGENDA: Salem-Keizer School Board to vote on property sale, hear update on hybrid school

Members of the Salem-Keizer School Board will vote Tuesday on selling the Rosedale School property for $1.13 million.

View the agenda here

The school, located at 6974 Bates Road, has been owned by the district since 1952 and formerly operated as Rosedale Elementary School before it was closed due to budget cuts during the Great Recession. The school board approved a sale of the property last March, but it wasn't completed due to the pandemic. Keizer resident Joanne Cunningham is listed as the buyer.

Board members will also hear updates on school discipline data and district plans for spending Student Success Act money.

The board will vote on appointing Larry Trott to serve on the Willamette Educational Service District Board of Directors and approve a proclamation for Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.

To participate: The meeting takes place at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 11. The meeting is hybrid, with some board members and district employees attending in person, but the public may watch online. Public comment may be submitted using this form until noon Monday, May 10.

The meeting will be livestreamed on YouTube at the links below and on CC:Media, channel 21.

English: https://youtu.be/3Vy08FQF0CA

Spanish: https://youtu.be/hz1SrN9_GeQ

-Rachel Alexander