Governor goes to Scappoose for COVID-19 shot
Gov. Kate Brown got her COVID-19 vaccination Saturday, March 6, at the Oregon Health and Science University Primary Care Clinic in Scappoose.
Dr. Joe Skariah gave Brown the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which was recently cleared for emergency use by a U.S. Food and Drug Administration medical panel. Oregon expects to get dozes of that vaccine along with the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines.
Brown said the state had vaccinated more than 1 million people and 20,000 doses each day.
In a statement released by Brown's office, the governor said she got the Johnson & Johnson vaccine to quell "rumors and misinformation" about the drug. "It was important to me to demonstrate today that the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is safe and effective," Brown said. "Every week my office hears the question: If these vaccines are so safe, then why hasn't Kate Brown gotten one? I want to reassure Oregonians that they should feel confident taking any of the three vaccines available to protect themselves and their loved ones."
Brown's spokeswoman, Liz Merah, said the governor went to the Scappoose OHSU clinic to highlight her work to equitably distribute vaccine doses to rural parts of the state.
"As our vaccine efforts ramp up across Oregon, we are expanding access to include a variety of locations for Oregonians to conveniently receive the vaccine in their local communities," Merah said. "This clinic is one example. It is a nationally recognized Rural Health Clinic that the governor wanted to highlight, especially as we work to provide an equitable distribution of vaccines."
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