Free Feb. 9
Legacy Health opens Covid vaccine appointments in Woodburn
FreeCOVID VACCINATION Feb. 5
Salem Health won’t get fresh Covid vaccines for fairgrounds clinic Feb. 8, frustrating effort to inoculate seniors
The Oregon Health Authority has allocated just 2,600 first doses of Covid vaccine to Marion County next week as state health officials say they’re working to bring the Portland Metro area’s vaccination rate in line with other counties that got an earlier start. Salem Health’s CEO said she was “shocked and angry” by the decision to cut doses for a county hard hit by Covid.
Oregon now says most seniors, educators can be vaccinated by early April
FreeCOVID VACCINATION Feb. 4
Older Oregonians faced one of the longest vaccine lines in the U.S. On Monday, some will finally be eligible
Days before Oregon opens Covid vaccination to people 80 and older, there’s still little information available about how to schedule appointments. For now, Salem Health’s clinics will remain the primary way to get vaccines locally, but some doses are expected at pharmacies.
City of Salem offers free protective equipment to local businesses
COVID IN OREGON Feb. 3
Covid vaccines are now on their way to prisoners. But governor’s says it won’t affect shots for educators, seniors
On Tuesday, a federal judge ruled that the state needed to prioritize Oregon’s 14,000 prisoners in its vaccine schedule. Details about how that’ll happen have yet to be released, but tight vaccine supplies mean many eligible Oregonians will wait weeks or months for shots.
Limited Covid vaccines coming to Safeway, Costco, Albertsons in Oregon
After pushback, Oregon resumes disclosing information about Covid deaths
Free Feb. 1
Second dose Covid vaccines available at Salem fairgrounds this week
COVID IN OREGON Jan. 29
Covid rules are now loosened. Here's what that means for Salem
With Covid transmissions declining, more stringent pandemic regulations have been relaxed for Marion and Polk counties. Going to the gym or playing video poker are again options. But things still won't look the same.
Marion County to get fewer doses as Oregon tries to equalize Covid vaccination rates
COVID VACCINATION Jan. 29
PHOTOS: Inside Salem Health's Covid vaccine clinic at the fairgrounds
Marion County has so far vaccinated more than 30,000 residents against Covid, one of the highest vaccination rates in Oregon.
Oregon Health Authority will stop publishing information on individual Covid deaths
COVID VACCINATION Jan. 28
AROUND OREGON: Six stranded motorists win Covid vaccine jackpot while stuck in snowstorm near Cave Junction
Josephine County health workers were coming back to Grants Pass from a vaccine clinic when they got stuck in snow on Highway 199. Rather than dump vaccines that would have expired, they went car to car to find willing recipients.
As Oregon faces pushback for Covid vaccine prioritization, advisory committee to meet Thursday
FreeCOVID VACCINATION Jan. 27
Salem Health ready to offer second doses of Covid vaccine when Salem fairgrounds clinic reopens
About 8,000 people got the first dose of a Covid vaccine in the early days of Salem Health’s vaccination clinic. This week, they’re due for a booster shot and can schedule an appointment online.
FreeCOVID IN SALEM Jan. 25
Covid cases, hospitalizations falling in Salem area after winter surge
A steep climb in Covid-related hospitalizations in November and December led to record deaths tied to the virus locally. Now, pandemic numbers in the Salem area and in Oregon are looking better, though still far above numbers needed for the state to loosen business restrictions.
STATE POLITICS Jan. 22
New poll finds a majority of Oregonians say they'll get the Covid vaccine and also don't want more taxes
Oregon Business and Industry released the results of a poll on Friday. It found that splits among groups willing to get the vaccine. It also found that Oregonians want the Legislature to take a light touch on policy proposals during the session currently underway. Democrats signaled they have other ideas.