Tag Archives: Shortages

Lack of vaccines bars kids from school 

Isaiah Barnes almost didn’t get to be in his third-grade class Wednesday morning. What stood between him and a brief exclusion from Mae Richardson Elementary School was a needle and band-aid: the dose of the Hepatitis A vaccine he was missing among Oregon’s required immunizations for K-12 students. Source: Lack of vaccines bars kids from […]
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Shingles vaccine: Shingrix shortage worsens as demand soars

The shortage of the new shingles vaccine worsens as demand soars. A national shortage of a new vaccine to protect against the painful rash known as shingles is worsening, even as the manufacturer announced plans this week to boost deliveries. Demand for the two-dose Shingrix vaccine has skyrocketed since it became broadly available in the United States […]
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The Mad Dash to Find a Cybersecurity Force

A stunning statistic is reverberating in cybersecurity: An estimated 3.5 million cybersecurity jobs will be available but unfilled by 2021, according to predictions from Cybersecurity Ventures and other experts. “It’s scary. Our power grid, our cars, our everyday devices — basically everything is online and able to be attacked,” said Georgia Weidman, author of “Penetration […]
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Emergency calls going unanswered amid severe OSP trooper shortage

Oregon State Police has half the staff it did in 1980, while the state has added more than 1.5 million in population. The drop in staffing has had a range of implications, from fewer cops on highways and secondary routes to a growing number of unanswered calls for help. Last year, the agency didn’t get […]
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Courts face growing need for interpreters

Umatilla, Morrow courts mirror statewide need for indigenous interpreters. In the Umatilla County courthouse, the question, “Do you swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth?” may be answered in a number of different languages. Across Oregon, requests for indigenous languages have spiked in the last year. As languages like […]
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Contractor shortages delay projects big and small

Umatilla County construction can take longer than expected when subcontractors are too busy to take on a new project. Hermiston residents are looking forward to construction wrapping up on new traffic signals on Northwest 11th Street after months of navigating through an ever-changing pattern of orange traffic cones surrounding two intersections. The new signals should […]
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Delay at state autopsy lab slowing death investigations

Cause of death still unknown for Michael Hart, inmate who died in Multnomah County jail. A staffing shortage at the state’s autopsy lab is creating a log-jam for law enforcement — and delaying the completion of death investigations. Source: Pamplin Media Group – Delay at state autopsy lab slowing death investigations

Getting the new shingles vaccine can take some time because of shortages

A second dose of Shingrix is due within six months of the first, but don’t worry if it takes longer. Ann Dieffenbach got her first shot of the new shingles vaccine, Shingrix, at her CVS pharmacy in Bethesda on Feb. 25. It’s a two-injection series, the second shot recommended two to six months after the […]
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Oregon wildfires blaze, causing shortage of volunteer firefighters

When smoke was first spotted at Silver Creek Falls State Park in what became the Silver Creek Fire, the first firefighters on the scene were from the Drakes Crossing Fire Department, a department outside of Silverton that relies heavily on volunteers. Though fire crews from Oregon Department of Forestry and other agencies came to fight […]
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Worker shortage could be bad news for Oregon economy

Orders are pouring into Columbia Steel Casting in North Portland. With the national economy surging, manufacturers are eager for the company’s steel and iron components. There’s a problem, though: the economy is so good here in Oregon that Columbia Steel can’t find enough workers to accommodate the growing demand. Source: Worker shortage could be bad […]
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