Oregon requires coronavirus vaccines for farmed mink


By George Plaven, Capital Press

Jun 8, 2021


SALEM Oregon's campaign to vaccinate the public against COVID-19 is extending to the animal kingdom.


The state Department of Agriculture has filed an emergency temporary rule requiring coronavirus vaccines for as many as 212,700 farmed mink to reduce the risk of new infections, virus mutations and possible animal-to-human transmission, the agency announced May 28.


Mink farmers have until Aug. 31 to vaccinate their current animals. Any mink born or imported after that date must be vaccinated within 120 days of birth, or within 60 days of being brought into Oregon.


Farms must also agree to participate in additional surveillance testing per ODA and USDA guidelines...