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First shipment of COVID-19 vaccine arrives in Oregon

The Oregon Health Authority says that the first doses of the Pfizer vaccine have arrived, a day ahead of the anticipated schedule.

Posted: Dec 14, 2020 11:49 AM
Updated: Dec 14, 2020 12:15 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. — The first doses of a coronavirus vaccine have arrived in Oregon, one day ahead of the anticipated timeline, the Oregon Health Authority announced on Monday.

Governor Kate Brown and state officials said in previous statements that they expected the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to ship December 15. But with rapid movement in the FDA approval process over the weekend, the first shipment went out slightly ahead of schedule.

"In recent weeks, as COVID-19 vaccines reached the final stages of approval, I have said time and again that hope is on the way. Today, I can tell you that help is here," said Governor Kate Brown. "The first shipments of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine have arrived in Oregon, the first of many that will be distributed across the state. Starting with the frontline health care workers who have been our first line of defense against COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic, and the long-term care facility residents who are among the most vulnerable, each day, more and more Oregonians will be vaccinated against this disease."

OHA said that Legacy Health is the first registered COVID-19 vaccine provider in the state to receive the vaccine. The health provider's sites at Holladay Park in Portland and Meridian Park in Tualatin each received a package of 975 doses around 7 a.m. on Monday morning.


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Additional doses are expected at three other locations in Oregon on Tuesday, OHA said. Oregon Health & Science University Pharmacy, Kaiser Permanente’s Airport Way Center in Portland, and St. Alphonsus Medical Center in Ontario also are each slated to receive 975-dose packages of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

The remaining 30,225 doses from this first shipment will be distributed to hospitals around the state, and are expected to arrive sometime this week. 10,725 doses will be going to skilled nursing facilities for vaccinations that start next week.

In Phase 3 clinical trials, the Pfizer vaccine proved to be 95 percent effective. In most people, side-effects were "mild to moderate," OHA said.

"The vaccine is the light at the end of the tunnel, but we will be in this tunnel for several months," said OHA director Patrick Allen, emphasizing that vaccinations are still months away for most Oregonians. "We need to keep doing what we’ve been doing to help our friends, neighbors and ourselves stay safe."

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 133205

Reported Deaths: 1800
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Multnomah28337458
Washington18644171
Marion16172238
Clackamas11642138
Lane8272108
Jackson689285
Umatilla676568
Deschutes495236
Yamhill318245
Malheur313152
Linn310846
Polk244640
Klamath242838
Josephine173533
Jefferson170225
Benton169514
Douglas167743
Union111416
Wasco107123
Columbia104318
Lincoln99117
Hood River95121
Coos93715
Morrow93310
Clatsop6865
Crook61010
Baker5685
Tillamook3652
Curry3245
Lake2305
Grant2131
Harney1754
Wallowa963
Gilliam511
Sherman470
Wheeler201
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California Coronavirus Cases

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Cases: 2988326

Reported Deaths: 33589
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Los Angeles101466213848
San Bernardino2512131560
Riverside2394122517
San Diego2117872103
Orange2108132367
Santa Clara926251065
Kern84644565
Fresno81294932
Sacramento791221080
Alameda66583757
Ventura60368412
San Joaquin56642748
Contra Costa51573446
Stanislaus42337739
Tulare40655501
Monterey35418250
San Mateo31805294
San Francisco28853254
Imperial25140463
Solano24732105
Santa Barbara24149231
Sonoma23607234
Merced23492296
Kings19125133
Placer16995173
San Luis Obispo15466128
Madera13193130
Santa Cruz12026113
Marin11482153
Yolo10406131
Shasta9594117
Butte9359121
El Dorado757544
Sutter756077
Napa735639
Lassen509413
San Benito488243
Yuba481827
Tehama397142
Tuolumne330438
Nevada314473
Mendocino307631
Amador298629
Lake250428
Humboldt229424
Glenn189419
Colusa16919
Calaveras159623
Siskiyou140813
Mono10834
Inyo92429
Del Norte8532
Plumas5735
Modoc3793
Mariposa3444
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