Oregon Gov. Kate Brown: Community-wide immunity is a long ways away
Oregon officials say they expect to receive about 150,000 doses of the vaccine this month coming from Pfizer and Moderna.
Health care workers, including staff at long-term care facilities and residents at those facilities will receive the first doses. To achieve community-wide immunity, however, the state will need to vaccinate roughly 10 thousand Oregonians a day. Gov. Kate Brown estimates that could take most of the next year to accomplish.
And the governor noted people will need to agree to take the vaccine.
"Vaccines won’t save us from pandemic," Brown said. "Vaccinations will."
It’s unclear when the state will get additional doses of the vaccine from the federal government.
Oregon is seeing a record number of people being hospitalized from COVID19. The number of people hospitalized with COVID19 is up 70% since mid-November.
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