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

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Cases: 397421

Reported Deaths: 5299
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Washington42725408
Marion40378520
Clackamas33323391
Lane30531364
Jackson25267363
Deschutes24034198
Umatilla15178184
Linn15004184
Douglas13635295
Josephine10388249
Yamhill9916145
Klamath9144153
Polk8384103
Benton624440
Malheur594093
Coos5854109
Columbia442156
Jefferson427268
Lincoln369155
Crook345558
Union341857
Wasco320747
Clatsop265835
Baker223133
Tillamook220646
Hood River218637
Morrow198925
Curry194639
Harney121933
Grant109216
Lake106418
Wallowa76513
Sherman1953
Gilliam1854
Wheeler1161
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Cases: 5128725

Reported Deaths: 74953
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San Diego4104514351
Riverside3912955388
San Bernardino3784085998
Orange3370455783
Sacramento1699162462
Kern1590231841
Fresno1581872284
Santa Clara1536961933
Alameda1262241514
San Joaquin1084911837
Ventura1049251194
Contra Costa1046451058
Stanislaus923321436
Tulare869791102
San Francisco57458674
San Mateo56861631
Monterey52973626
Solano48014360
Santa Barbara47846555
Merced45506672
Sonoma43609414
Placer42736473
Imperial39148778
Kings35547369
San Luis Obispo31803360
Madera26511315
Shasta26353465
Butte25690320
Santa Cruz22540224
Yolo21792263
Marin18728249
El Dorado18544168
Sutter14691186
Napa13501107
Yuba1084791
Humboldt10360119
Tehama10329133
Nevada10187105
Mendocino873799
Lassen801259
San Benito793980
Tuolumne782691
Lake7073113
Amador583267
Siskiyou480757
Glenn460336
Calaveras449988
Del Norte380442
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Inyo259446
Plumas19679
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Mariposa163818
Trinity102117
Modoc7956
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