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May 4, 2021

Oregon OSHA’s Adoption of Rules Addressing the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency in All Oregon Workplaces

July 2020
Governor Brown has announced that, effective July 1st, 2020, face coverings will be required for indoor public spaces statewide.  Current data from OHSU and the University of Washington indicates a surge in cases affecting the 20-40 year age group.  This is the average age of employees in the veterinary workforce.  For these reasons, veterinary facilities should require clients and staff in facilities to wear face coverings and practice physical distancing to every extent possible.  Continuing to officer curbside service is strongly recommended.

These requirements and recommendations are made in hopes of preventing another statewide shut-down.  Ideally, veterinary staff should wear face shields if interacting with clients who enter the facility and may be exempt from wearing face coverings.  (Exempted are children under 12 years of age and individuals with conditions that preclude wearing a face-covering.  For further information on exemptions, please go the Oregon Health Authority website, below.)   It is critical that veterinarians remain mindful of the uncertainties of the times and be considerate of their employees, clients and the public.  

As a reminder,

  • Face coverings should be worn inside the facility at all times.
  • Wash your hands every time before and after patients and every time you touch your mask
  • Maintain a 6-foot physical distance between yourself and others whenever possible
As licensed members of Oregon’s scientific community, you can significantly influence public health and safety by supporting and reinforcing these requirements.  Please continue to monitor the Oregon Health Authority website for updates and guidance.

Update 04/15/2021

Licensee Vaccination Information

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) has asked all of the state's vaccine providers to immediately pause administering the Johnson and Johnson vaccine, following an announcement on April 13, 2021 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Please review the links below for more information.

OHA Announcement

OHA Press Release

Updated 3/1/2021:

OHA3527A and OHA3527C has information on the next phases for vaccine recipients.  You will find excellent information in the two OHA attachments that explains who comes next and the estimated time frame. There is additional and more detailed information available on OHA's website.

Update 1/11/2021:

All licensees are scheduled to be vaccinated in Phase 1a.  Phase 1a was initially broken into four groups intended to create a sequential prioritization of receiving the vaccine (where all individuals in group 1 of phase 1a would be vaccinated before moving to individuals in group 2 of phase 1a, etc.), however, as of 1/5/2021, OHA announced they will move this week to start vaccination of all individuals in all four groups within 1a.

OHA is working with entities authorized to administer the vaccine, such as hospitals, local public health authorities, retail pharmacies and other partners to finalize the distribution plans across the state.  Each entity serving as a distribution point is responsible for the specific logistics, timing and requirements for individuals eligible to receive the vaccine.

The best ongoing source of information from OHA regarding the vaccine distribution is 

For where to get a vaccine in your specific area, contact your local hospital, public health agency or other entity identified as a vaccine distribution point.  As OHA works with these partners, they will also be posting the specific detail for where and when you can get your vaccine at the site listed above. We expect information to roll out over the next several days.

One announced program, for individuals in Phase 1a who live or work in Marion County, Salem Health is currently running a vaccination clinic at the Oregon State Fairgrounds starting Thursday, 1/7/2021.

OHA identified the goal of vaccinating all health workers in group 1a by mid-February, dependent on sufficient supply. 

Please be sure your contact information, including current work location is up to date with the OBCE so we have clear information about where licensees are currently located in order to support the distribution efforts.

More information can be found at Governor Brown's Press Release Page.