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COVID-19 Vaccine in Oregon

​​The Health Licensing Office (HLO) is receiving many inquiries and questions regarding Oregon's COVID-19 vaccination effort, the availability of COVID-19 vaccines, and the phases for distribution rollout. If you have questions or would like additional information on COVID-19 vaccine information in Oregon, please visit the Oregon Health Authority's “COVID-19 Vaccine in Oregon" website https://covidvaccine.oregon.gov/.​

Authorization Holders Compliance During Declared Emergency

​​The Health Licensing Office has filed a permanent Oregon Administrative Rule (OAR) that clarifies the expectations of all authorization holders (licensed, certified, or registered) regarding the COVID-19 crisis and the Governor of Oregon's declared state of emergency. This permanent rule follows the temporary rule that took effect on May 15, 2020. The permanent rule language went into effect on November 20, 2020.​

Upcoming HLO Closures Due to State Holidays

​Mark your calendar and note that the Health Licensing Office (and all State of Oregon agencies) will be closed on the following day:

  • Monday, February 15, 2021, for Presidents' Day

Discounted Late Renewal Fees During COVID-19 Pandemic

​The Health Licensing Office (HLO) has filed a permanent Oregon Administrative Rule (OAR) with the Oregon Secretary of State. The rule change adopts OAR 331-010-0015​, which proposes relief to all authorization holders of financial burdens caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, by discounting the late fee to $1 if the renewal date falls between March 8, 2020, and 30 days after the date on which the declared state of emergency, and any extension of the declaration, is no longer in effect.

Fee Discounts Offered for Direct Entry Midwives

The Health Licensing Office has filed a permanent administrative rule with the Oregon Secretary of State on behalf of the Board of Direct Entry Midwifery. Ther permanent rule continues the discount of the license and renewal fees until July 1, 2024. The rule is needed for midwifery licensing to continue at a lower cost to allow for the increased demand of families seeking birth at home or in birthing centers.

This permanent rule language is effective Septermber 15, 2020, and replaces a temporary rule in effect since April 1, 2020.

Seeking Licensed Direct Entry Midwives to Serve as Subject Matter Experts

​The Health Licensing Office (HLO) is seeking licensed direct entry midwives to serve as subject matter experts (SMEs) for complaint investigations. A SME is an independent contractor who assists in investigations of and cases against Oregon direct entry midwives. SMEs may be called upon to assist the HLO in various ways, such as: working with a HLO investigator when investigating licensees, providing opinions about community standards, and competently testifying during hearings.

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