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Brown orders teachers, health care workers to be vaccinated

Gov. Kate Brown pushes the importance of masks and staff vaccinations to protect K-12 students.

Posted: Aug 19, 2021 11:00 AM
Updated: Aug 19, 2021 2:04 PM

SALEM, Ore. -- Gov. Kate Brown announced sweeping new vaccination mandates at a press conference on Thursday.

All teachers, educators, support staff and volunteers in K-12 schools must be fully vaccinated by Oct. 18 or six weeks after the vaccines receive full FDA approval, whichever is later.

For health care workers, moving forward, there will no longer be a testing alternative to vaccination, Brown said. The timeline for being fully vaccinated is the same as the one set out for teachers.

In both cases, health care workers and educators who are not vaccinated are urged to speak with their doctor to get answers to any remaining questions about the vaccine so they can begin the process.

Brown is pushing the importance of masks and staff vaccinations to protect students because children under the age of 12 are not eligible to get the shot.

President Joe Biden recently announced nursing home workers will be required to be vaccinated, or facilities could lose federal Medicaid and Medicare funding.

Watch the full press conference below.

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