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Oregonians can directly question state government about omicron in Thursday event

By: - December 23, 2021 7:56 am

Governor Kate Brown receives a booster shot of the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine at Salem Health Edgewater Clinic in Salem on Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021.

SALEM – Oregonians can ask government officials directly about booster shots and the omicron variant of the coronavirus in a midday Facebook event on Thursday, Dec. 23.

This is the chance for residents instead of the press to question a top state official about these matters.

The live Q&A is scheduled to start at 12:30 p.m. Thursday and go about a half hour. Access to the session is online at this link. A recording of the session will be available later on Youtube.

The moderator will be Dr. Paul Cieslak, public health physician in the Public Health Division of the Oregon Health Authority.

Gov. Kate Brown last week announced that a forecast by Oregon Health & Science University projected a swarm of omicron cases in Oregon that could hospitalize hundreds of Oregonians through January. She and other public health authorities are urging Oregonians to get booster shots, which they say can minimize the impacts of getting the omicron variant.

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Les Zaitz
Les Zaitz

Les Zaitz is a veteran editor and investigative reporter, serving Oregon for more than 45 years. He reported for The Oregonian for 25 years and owns community newspapers and a digital news service. He is a national SPJ fellow, two-time Pulitzer finalist, including for a lengthy investigation of Mexican drug cartels in Oregon and five-time winner of Oregon’s top investigative reporting award. He has investigated corrupt state legislators, phony charities, and an international cult that moved to Oregon, and the biggest bank failure in Oregon history. He also has been active in reforming the state’s public records law and was appointed by the governor to the Oregon Public Records Advisory Council. In his spare time, he operates a ranch nestled in a national forest, feeding horses and assorted animals.

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