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Gov. Brown gets Johnson & Johnson vaccine

SCAPPOOSE, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said that she has received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine on Saturday and is encouraging others to get it.

Brown said she got the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at a rural health clinic in Columbia County Saturday to demonstrate that it’s safe and effective.

“Every week my office hears the question: If these vaccines are so safe, then why hasn’t Kate Brown gotten one?" Brown said in an emailed statement. "I want to reassure Oregonians that they should feel confident taking any of the three vaccines available to protect themselves and their loved ones."

She also said the one-dose vaccine is more convenient than the two-dose requirements of other vaccines to protect against the coronavirus.

Oregon residents should feel safe getting any of the three vaccines currently available, she said.

More than a million doses of the various vaccines have been administered, she said, and 20,000 doses are being given each day.

About 157,000 Oregon residents have been infected, and nearly 2,300 have died due to the coronavirus, according to Johns Hopkins University.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown was vaccinated Saturday at a Scappoose health clinic with the single-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.{ } Governor's office photo.