(KGW8) – The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) appears to be moving toward requiring vaccine passports for anyone who wants to take their mask off inside a business that will allow it.
It comes after Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said the state would follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines, which came out Thursday. Those guidelines said fully vaccinated people do not need to wear a mask inside or outside in most places.
Oregon’s current COVID-19 risk framework requires masks and social distancing inside all retail stores in all counties.
But that could change soon when the OHA is expected to announce new guidance that will allow businesses to relax rules and follow CDC suggestions.
Sound confusing? It is. Even for the experts like Dr. Jennifer Vines who is the Health Officer for Multnomah County.
“We’re not giving direction yet. So, we are similarly confused and are trying to look through and fully understand the various mask frameworks,” Dr. Vines said.
State Epidemiologist Dr. Dean Sidelinger said the state will likely make businesses check for proof of vaccination at the door.
“We would anticipate that a business, an establishment will have to have a system in place for asking about vaccine status and verifying that,” Dr. Sidelinger said. “Right now I would anticipate that that would be seeing a card with the individuals name, the vaccines they’ve gotten, the date and where they gotten them. That could be a picture of a vaccine card or record from their provider on their phone.”