COVID-19 Vaccine

Lewis & Clark College announced Wednesday that it will require proof of COVID-19 vaccination for all students this fall. According to a database maintained by the Chronicle of Higher Education, it’s the first institution in Oregon to set that requirement.

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Starting Monday, all Oregonians 16 years and older will be eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine. Lane County Public Health is gearing up to provide more vaccination availability as new COVID-19 cases continue to surge.

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To help navigate the process of getting vaccinated where you live, here’s a handy reference guide.

OHA Halts Johnson & Johnson Vaccines

Apr 13, 2021
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The Oregon Health Authority has asked all of the state’s vaccine providers to immediately stop administering the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

The Oregon Health Authority reported a small number of cases Thursday where Oregonians who had received their full vaccinations later contracted COVID-19.

The state defined the “breakthrough” cases as instances where a person had received their final dose of vaccine and then contracted COVID-19 at least 14 days later.

Of the more than 700,000 Oregonians who are now fully vaccinated, health officials identified only 168 breakthrough cases as of April 2. That is equivalent to roughly 0.024% of that fully vaccinated group. Three of those 168 died.

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Oregon Governor Kate Brown has announced that all Oregonians over 16 will be eligible to sign up for a COVID-19 vaccine on April 19. 

Continuing with its plan to get vaccine doses into more arms across the state, the Oregon Health Authority announced Monday that 13 counties can start giving doses to agricultural workers, people experiencing homelessness and other vulnerable populations.

The moves follows Oregon’s announcement last week that it would speed up vaccination timelines to meet the Biden administration’s goal of having all adults eligible for a vaccine by May 1.

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While the U.S. overall is finding its stride with COVID-19 vaccine distribution, some Native American tribes – including in Oregon – are on a mean streak.  Indigenous communities have largely overcome mistrust and logistical challenges that have hampered other efforts. 

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Lane County Public Health has set a goal to reach herd immunity from COVID-19: 70-percent of the population vaccinated by September. That may seem doable right now with demand for the vaccine outpacing supply. But health officials say with ever increasing allocations, that will change.

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Oregon Health Authority announced the state will receive 80,000 new Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccines on March 22. This will essentially double the overall number of doses in the state and increase allocations to counties.

Ellen Stein and her husband felt well prepared when Oregon opened up COVID-19 vaccine appointments for people age 70 and up on Monday.

Computer savvy and well informed on their options, the Washington County couple logged on to a state vaccination website right at 9 a.m., when 7,300 new appointments came open in the region. They also called 211, the public service line that assists people in scheduling vaccinations, and were ready to reach out to Albertson’s and other pharmacies that are doling out doses.

Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs

Oregon Governor Kate Brown will hold a press availability February 19, at 11 a.m. to discuss Oregon's ongoing response to COVID-19. She will be joined by representatives from the Oregon Health Authority, Oregon Primary Care Association, and Virginia Garcia Memorial Health System. 

Watch live here, or listen on KLCC radio. 

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Oregon’s shipment of tens of thousands of doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine will be delayed this week, officials learned on Wednesday. Frigid temperatures and storms in the southeastern U.S. have grounded flights and disrupted shipping across the country. As of Wednesday, Oregon’s doses were still stuck in Memphis, Tennessee.

Oregon started rolling out COVID-19 vaccines Monday to people age 80 and over. It’s the first stage of Oregon’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout to seniors. Over the course of the next four weeks, the number of people eligible to get vaccinated will more than double, as people 65 and over become eligible, one age bracket at a time. How each person will get vaccinated will depend on where they live — the process is going to look very different in every county. Oregon Health Authority officials anticipate “chaos” as new systems are tested.

The Oregon Health Authority took pains Friday to explain why it’s taking COVID-19 vaccines expected in some counties and delivering them to others.

Eighteen Oregon counties have been told they’ll receive less vaccine than expected next week. Those that will see a reduction are Baker, Clatsop, Crook, Deschutes, Gilliam, Harney, Jefferson, Josephine, Lake, Lincoln, Linn, Malheur, Marion, Morrow, Sherman, Tillamook, Wasco and Wheeler counties.

Some Republican lawmakers have called the redistribution troubling.

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As of Thursday Jan.28, nearly 22,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in Lane County. And more than 5,000 individuals have been fully vaccinated.

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Oregon Gov. Kate Brown used her weekly COVID-19 media briefing Friday to defend her decision to prioritize vaccinating teachers and other school employees ahead of seniors living outside care facilities, despite almost two weeks of criticism from groups around the state.

The state of Washington, hamstrung as many states have been by a slow distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, will deploy the National Guard, set up mass vaccination sites and create a new public-private partnership to lead a renewed effort to get the vaccine into the arms of people.

The move comes as the state prepares to immediately advance to the next phase of people eligible for a vaccination beyond health care workers, first responders and those living and working in nursing homes.

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Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said increased vaccine shipments will not arrive next week. The head of the state health authority said this puts vaccination efforts “at grave risk.”


First Vaccines Administered in Oregon

Dec 17, 2020
Dave Killen / AP

The first coronavirus vaccinations in Oregon took place on Wednesday. Staff from Legacy Health, Oregon Health Science University, and St. Alphonsus Medical Center volunteered to be among the first to get the shot.

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Oregon health officials say, pending FDA aprroval, the first shipment of COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer are expected to arrive next week. The first allocation of 125,000 doses will go to frontline health care workers and residents of long term care facilities.