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Oregon health officials urge Governor Kate Brown to 'start raising a ruckus' over vaccine supply
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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Oregon's top public health official says the governor needs to "start raising a ruckus" over what he sees as an unfair supply of the COVID-19 vaccine sent to Oregon by the federal government compared to other states.

Oregon Health Authority Director Patrick Allen said in a letter to Gov. Kate Brown, a Democrat, that if Oregon were to get the same amount of vaccine doses per capita as California, Oregon could have vaccinated an additional 150,000 residents by now, The Oregonian/OregonLive reported Friday.

If Oregon got as much vaccine as Kansas, that number would rise to 227,000 additional Oregonians vaccinated; in Wyoming, the tally would be, 370,000 additional Oregonians inoculated, he wrote.

Oregon's vaccine allocation from the federal government is coming into sharper focus following reporting by The Oregonian/OregonLive, which last month showed the state falling backward in shots administered compared to other states.

Oregon ranked 39th in doses administered per capita from Feb. 14 to March 14 despite receiving middle-of-the pack allocations at the time.

Allen wrote about his struggles to get an explanation for what seems like an "extremely inequitable" process.

He didn't know if the issue should be directed to the White House, the head of the federal COVID-19 vaccine response or to Oregon's Congressional delegation.

But, he advised, it seems "we at least need to start raising a ruckus." Read full story