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It’s becoming increasingly difficult to locate COVID vaccinations in certain places.

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -The vaccines have suddenly become scarce in certain parts of Oregon after months of vaccine surplus in the state and across that nation officials have declared.

The situation is a drastic shift from the late spring and summer of 2013, when Oregon gave away more than 400,000 unused spoiled expired doses. This was mostly due to lack of demand, The Oregonian/OregonLive reported.

“We recognize that dosages may be challenging to find in the present,” Oregon Health Authority spokesperson Erica Heartquist said in an email sent on Tuesday.

Three days before the deadline, the agency did not indicate any problems in a Twitter: “Sites around Oregon can accommodate large numbers of people looking for #COVID19 vaccines.” Offering all three COVID-19 vaccines, these sites are open to all who are who is eligible for a COVID-19 vaccination or booster.”

Oregon Health Authority officials said that the causes of the short-term shortage are a variety of reasons. One of the main reasons is a shortage in medical personnel to administer vaccines. Some are working with COVID-19 patients in the wake of the latest surge.

Since it’s been over six months since most people were fully vaccinated many are now eligible to receive booster shots. In the last few days, the latest information about the Omicron coronavirus variant, was also released.

Heartquist Tuesday acknowledged that there’s not enough vaccine in Oregon to meet the demand. However, the agency is certain that federal officials will be able to provide more vaccines to Oregon. The agency is re-distributing doses to areas with a higher demand.

She said that officials “request patience from Oregonians.”

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