State agency inadvertently releases employees vaccine status

Oregon

Blank COVID-19 vaccine cards are seen in a photo released by the La Verne Police Department on June 8, 2021.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon’s central administrative agency inadvertently released the COVID-19 vaccination status of more than 40,000 state employees to two media outlets.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports a spreadsheet sent to them and the Statesman Journal was supposed to contain the latest vaccination rates and vaccine exemption rates for each executive branch agency overseen by Gov. Kate Brown.

Instead, Oregon Department of Administrative Services External Relations Director Adam Crawford emailed a file to the outlets Monday containing vaccination status by employee name.

Crawford took the blame for the data release, calling it a mistake on his part.

The newspapers said they wouldn’t publish the personal data.

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