Oregon hits 70% adult vaccination target before holiday weekend


SALEM, Ore. (KTVZ) – Oregon took a new vaccination milestone on Friday: 70% of adults 18 and older have now received at least one vaccination before the July 4 holiday weekend, reported the Oregon Health Authority.

The Oregon number is based on data reported Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and data from Oregon’s ALERT IIS, which has yet to be uploaded to the Oregon’s website. CDC.

According to the CDC, 2,343,617 adults in Oregon had received at least one dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or one injection of the single-dose Johnson and Johnson vaccine as of Thursday. That total leaves 2,206 first adult doses in Oregon at less than 70%.

However, Oregon has received reports of an additional 2,900 overdue doses delivered by pharmacies in Oregon that have not yet been reported to the CDC. In addition, Oregon reported 1,478 first doses given Thursday to the CDC earlier Friday, which have yet to be added to the federal total (a portion of those doses will not count toward the adult immunization goal of l ‘Oregon as they were given to children 12 to 17 years old).

The combination of these extra doses means Oregon has met its adult vaccination target of 70%.

“The adult vaccination target of 70% means we have a better chance of maintaining a safe reopening. Safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines continue to reduce new cases, hospitalizations and deaths in our state. Thank you to everyone who was vaccinated and to everyone who helped administer these life-saving vaccines, ”said Patrick Allen, director of the Oregon Health Authority. “But COVID-19 has not gone away. Our goal is to immunize eight out of ten people in Oregon, especially adults from communities of color and other under-immunized groups.

The latest data on vaccine effectiveness from Oregon show that more than nine out of ten recent cases, hospitalizations, and deaths in Oregon were in people who were unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated.

Oregon now ranks 18th in the country for the percentage of the total population that has been vaccinated. The state achieved the 70% adult vaccination target through the efforts of more than 660 vaccination sites, which were managed by a wide range of health care providers, tribal partners, local public health authorities , community organizations, pharmacies, volunteers, the Oregon National Guard, retired healthcare workers and countless others, all working together to fend off the pandemic.

With an adult vaccination rate now above 70% and the statewide protections being lifted, the state will continue to support vaccination efforts in Oregon communities. However, local health authorities will be responsible for managing COVID-19 outbreaks at the local level.

Statewide coordination efforts will continue at the OHA, including case investigation and contact tracing support, epidemiological investigations, variant surveillance, and collection and communication. of data. We are now able to move from a statewide response model to a model driven at the local level, in each community and based on local risks.

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