Oregon Governor Kate Brown says Oregonians are helping to keep the spread of COVID-19 lower than it could be.
"Thanks to the decisions the majority of Oregonians continue to make, we are slowing the spread of COVID-19," said Governor Brown. "And while our case counts are still up, we are avoiding many worst-case scenarios. This is proof that we determine how the next few months play out while we work to swiftly distribute the COVID-19 vaccine far and wide. So as we did with Thanksgiving, I ask you to once again re-think your Christmas and New Year’s plans.
"And in more good news, I called for a special session because it’s absolutely critical we get help to Oregonians who have made the necessary sacrifices to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The $800 million relief package our state legislature approved just yesterday, coupled with a long-awaited $900 billion stimulus package from Congress, will be an enormous lifeline for Oregonians who have suffered so much. It will help carry us through the coming months as we continue to gain traction with our vaccine campaign."
Oregon Health Authority Director Patrick Allen says for the second week in a row Oregon will receive fewer of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine doses than expected. Allen says they'll have to remain flexible, because the federal government determines how much vaccine the state receives.
By New Year's Day Oregon is expected to receive nearly 200,000 doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.