The Oregonian newspaper, today:
This is the 27-member Advisory Committee tasked with establishing guidelines for administering vaccines in Oregon.
Zhenya Abbruzzese, a committee member representing Oregon’s Slavic community, wanted to establish that everyone was in favor of the coronavirus vaccine, asking if the members were “willing to put our credibility behind and promote it to our communities.”
At least one member said she didn’t know enough about the vaccine, and the committee tabled a vote on the question until its members have the opportunity to learn more.
The committee will meet again Jan. 14.
It’s a clown show all the way down from OHA Director Patrick Allen.
The advisory committee held a meet-and-greet on Tuesday. But it took an hour and a half just to get through introductions during Thursday’s first official meeting as committee members were asked to share their word of the day.
One committee member told KOIN 6 News that at this pace they won’t be done until August and pointed out that Oregon is already behind other states in vaccine distribution and with simply holding vaccine advisory committee meetings.
State health leaders had planned on vaccinating 100,000 people by the end of December but a week into the new year the state has administered just 55,000 of the nearly 211,000 doses it’s received.https://www.koin.com/news/health/coronavirus/despite-advisory-meeting-oregon-still-unsure-who-to-vaccinate-next/
Public health in Oregon is a clown show. Director Pat Allen needs to be fired IMMEDIATELY. PEOPLE’S LIVES ARE AT STAKE WHILE HE DAWDLES.
Update: Per LinkedIn and the OHA bio page, Pat Allen has a BS in economics, started public sector work in economic development and then rose up through the government bureaucracy to head the state’s consumer and business affairs agency. From there he was promoted, following the Peter Principle, to his level of incompetence to run the state’s public health agency. TV station KGW/Portland referred to him as the state’s “top doctor” even though he is not a doctor – he is a bureaucrat.
This past week, the Governor began doing his job for him. She ordered the agency to reach 12,000 doses/day in two weeks. Today, she ordered the Army and Air National Guard to begin running vaccination clinics. Yesterday, Allen’s laughable Advisory Committee met and turned day #1 in to a fiasco. When a manager starts doing the job of a direct report, that’s a sign the direct report may be out of a job soon.