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Judge Orders Gov. Brown To Vaccinate COVID-19 Prisoners Immediately

(Portland, OR) -- Oregon is set to begin vaccinating prison inmates against COVID-19 following an order from a federal judge. Governor Kate Brown is directing five-thousand doses of the vaccine per week to inoculate Oregon's 12-and-a-half-thousand inmates. The federal judge ordered Brown and the Oregon Department of Corrections yesterday to vaccinate state prisoners immediately. The ruling from the judge places prisoners in Phase One-A of the state's COVID-19 distribution plan, putting them in the same category with other vulnerable populations living in congregate care facilities. The judge cited statistics that show about one-in-four inmates in Oregon prisons have tested positive for the virus.

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