Gov. Brown defends decision to prioritize Oregon's teachers over seniors for COVID-19 vaccines

The Oregon Health Authority released a newer, more specific timeline for its goals of vaccinating Oregon educators and seniors.

PORTLAND, Ore — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown defended her controversial decision to prioritize COVID-19 vaccinations for teachers during a news conference Friday.

Brown said vaccinating educators before Oregon’s seniors is the only way schools could safely reopen during this school year. She said students must return to schools for their own mental health.

“I’m using every single tool we have to get our kids back in the classroom this school year,” Brown said.

Brown said she has heard stories of children dealing with

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