Dr Dean Sidelinger’s comments come as he said the state is still working on issuing more detailed guidelines for business. Late Thursday, Governor Kate Brown said Oregon would immediately follow instructions from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention earlier today, making it easier to wear face masks and social distancing for fully vaccinated people.
Brown said Oregonians who are fully vaccinated no longer need to wear masks or social distancing in most public spaces, adding that the state will provide more specific instructions soon.
Sidelinger said that for now, it is up to companies to determine a person’s immunization status.
“We anticipate that a facility or business will need to have a system in place to request and verify vaccine status. Right now, I’m assuming that would be seeing a card with the person’s name, vaccination site, and the date they received it. It could be a picture of the vaccination card or a recording from the provider on their phone, but just one way to look at it, ”he said.
Federal guidelines released Thursday still call for masks to be worn in crowded indoor environments like buses, planes, hospitals, prisons and homeless shelters, but will help pave the way for workplaces to reopen, schools and other places.
Currently, people over the age of 12 are eligible for COVID-19 vaccines in Oregon.