Oregon coronavirus updates, Jan. 12: Daily death record; will vaccinate teachers, 65+ Jan. 23

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We'll update this story throughout the day with the latest news about coronavirus and its effects in Oregon on Tuesday, Jan. 12.

Vaccinations expand to educators, those 65 and older Jan. 23

Vaccinations for those age 65 and older and K-12 educators and staff will start Jan. 23 in Oregon, according to a press release from Gov. Kate Brown.

The move comes after new federal guidance was put forward Tuesday, recommending states increase the rate of vaccinations by not holding back the second vaccine dose.

The federal government announced Tuesday it will release its full serve of vaccines to states, rather than holding doses in storage to ensure everyone gets a second dose.

As of Monday, 107,812 people in Oregon had received a vaccination, including 7,029 who received both doses, according to Oregon Health Authority statistics. The state has received over 200,000 doses.

Oregon announced on Tuesday it will follow the lead of states like New York and Florida and increase its vaccination efforts.

Those who will be eligible to receive a vaccine starting Jan. 23, when the additional vaccine shipments are expected, are those ages 65 and older, child care providers, early learning educators and staff and kindergarten through grade 12 educators and staff.

"If you are an Oregonian who is newly eligible for vaccination, I am asking for your patience. Please, do not call your doctor's office or health care provider with questions about when you can be vaccinated," Brown said in a statement.

"Today's news arrived with no advance notice from the federal government. Oregon health care providers are working as fast as humanly…
Tracy Loew, Bill Poehler
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