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OHSU healthcare workers operate the drive-thru vaccination site at the Portland International Airport. OHSU/Josh Andersen

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Following the press conference, Governor Kate Brown announced on Twitter that the $100 gift cards will be available today at the Hillsboro Stadium vaccination site. The Portland International Airport and Oregon Convention Center vaccination sites will distribute $100 gift cards to people receiving their first dose of the vaccine tomorrow, June 12, while supplies last.

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Unvaccinated Oregonians can get a $100 gift card for getting their first vaccine shot today and tomorrow, Governor Kate Brown announced in a press conference Friday.

Today, June 11, the drive-thru clinic at the Portland International Airport Hillsboro Stadium vaccine clinic will be giving out $100 gift cards to people receiving their first dose of the vaccine while supplies last. Tomorrow, June 12, the Oregon Convention Center and Portland International Airport drive-thru clinic will do the same. Brown did not specify the number of gift cards that will be available at each location.

This is another monetary incentive the state has introduced in response to waning vaccination rates. Oregonians still have time to enter the Take Your Shot Oregon campaign, which gives partially vaccinated Oregonians the chance to win up to $1 million, by getting at least one dose of the vaccine before June 28. While anyone who was vaccinated by a state-operated vaccination site is automatically entered to win, Oregonians who were vaccinated at federal vaccination sites—like the VA hospital—or in another state can enter to win through the campaign website.

About 67 percent of adult Oregonians have received at least one dose of the vaccine, meaning the state only needs to partially vaccinate approximately 93,000 more people to reach the 70 percent goal, which will trigger the removal of most mask, physical distancing, and capacity limit requirements.

According to Dean Sidelinger, the state epidemiologist, the transmission of COVID is decreasing due to the increase in vaccinated Oregonians. By the end of the month, the state could see about 100 new cases of COVID per day. In comparison, the first couple of days in June averaged about 200 new COVID cases per day.

“The science could not be clearer: If you're protected against COVID-19 with a vaccination, you are at low risk of getting the virus, and your pandemic is nearing an end,” Sidelinger said. “If you have not been vaccinated, your pandemic still rages and the virus presents a clear danger to you.”

Vaccinations have not been distributed equitably across racial and ethnic groups. Black, Latinx, and Indigenous Oregonians still lag behind white Oregonians, causing concern from community stakeholders as the state prepares to reopen later this month. During the press conference, Brown noted that vaccination rates among communities of color have outpaced the state average during the past week, meaning the vaccine equity gap is closing.

When asked why the state will not require unvaccinated people to continue wearing masks as the state reopens, Brown said she is basing her requirements on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations—though the CDC currently recommends unvaccinated people wear a mask. When pressed on her decision, Brown repeated that she is waiting to see what the CDC recommends during the reopening process.

Sidelinger encouraged unvaccinated people to adjust their behavior accordingly as the state reopens, recommending that they continue to wear a mask—even though they are not required to —and avoid crowds.

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“I would recommend that even when we reopen, if you're not vaccinated, you consider wearing a mask and consider limiting the activities that you take part in because you're not protected,” Sidelinger said. “What I would hope is that before reaching that point, you change your mind and you decide to get your vaccine.”

Brown also announced that she is extending the mortgage foreclosure moratorium for Oregonians until September 30, 2021. While Brown has the authority to extend the moratorium for homeowners under House Bill 2009, she does not have the authority to extend the rental eviction moratorium, which is set to expire June 30.

Brown urged renters to apply for rental assistance to help pay for July rent. Legally, renters cannot be evicted until next year for rent owed between April 2020 and June 2021. Brown is currently working on a bill to give tenants who have applied for rental assistance safe harbor from eviction.