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Vaccine Watch: Gov. Brown pledges to get Pfizer boosters to eligible Oregonians, asks for patience

Governor Kate Brown held a press briefing Tuesday, leading with the approval of booster shots for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine among certain groups in Oregon.

Posted: Sep 28, 2021 3:00 PM
Updated: Sep 28, 2021 5:44 PM

SALEM, Ore. — Governor Kate Brown held a press briefing on Tuesday, pledging to ensure that everyone eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine booster will get one after it received recommendations from the CDC and a regional scientific review group last week, while asking for patience.

"Everyone who is eligible for a booster will get one. For those who have received the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccine, I ask for your patience as we wait for further data and guidance from the federal government," Governor Brown said. "For those who received the Pfizer vaccine but are not yet eligible for a booster, please know that you are still well protected from COVID-19. Boosters offer an extra layer of protection — and that is important for individuals at higher risk of exposure or illness — but you are still fully vaccinated with the two doses."

Oregon Health Authority public health director Rachael Banks said that supply of the Pfizer vaccine is strong — there are roughly 300,000 Oregonians currently eligible for the Pfizer booster, Banks said, and there are about 400,000 doses spread throughout the state.

After the cascade of Pfizer booster approvals from the FDA, CDC, and the Western States Scientific Safety Workgroup, a fairly wide cross-section of Oregonians became eligible. Boosters are particularly recommended for those who are 65 and older, those living in long-term care facilities, and those 50 and older with underlying medical conditions.

Pfizer boosters are also available to those who are 18 and older with underlying medical conditions or those who are at a higher risk of COVID-19 exposure due to their work settings, including healthcare workers, teachers, and grocery workers.

In all cases, eligibility is restricted to those who received the Pfizer vaccine at least six months ago.

Statewide, Oregon has shown signs that it is emerging from the Delta variant-fueled surge that overburdened hospitals and repeatedly broke records set during previous peaks of the COVID-19 pandemic. Case counts and new hospitalizations have been falling for several weeks, though fatalities from the virus continue to mount and many hospitals remain at the very limits of their capacity.

"The good news is that, while we still have a long way to go, it appears things are slowly getting better," said Governor Brown. "And every day there is renewed hope as we see more people getting vaccinated, progress on vaccines for our 5-11 year olds, and now, the beginning of boosters for some of our most vulnerable."

Josephine County signaled on Monday that Pfizer boosters are now available, Sky Lakes Medical Center in Klamath Falls said that it had appointments available, and public health officials in Jackson County said Tuesday that a new vaccination clinic at the Expo now has the go-ahead to offer boosters.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 391099

Reported Deaths: 5161
CountyCasesDeaths
Multnomah60298839
Washington41981395
Marion39886506
Clackamas32773378
Lane30113355
Jackson24880360
Deschutes23557185
Umatilla15126180
Linn14637179
Douglas13375291
Josephine10148244
Yamhill9762143
Klamath9053146
Polk8212100
Benton609738
Malheur592487
Coos5664106
Columbia430455
Jefferson420266
Lincoln362152
Union338755
Crook334056
Wasco316146
Clatsop261835
Baker219833
Tillamook216645
Hood River213737
Morrow197525
Curry191939
Harney119933
Grant108515
Lake105416
Wallowa75713
Sherman1913
Gilliam1854
Wheeler1141
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California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 5083462

Reported Deaths: 74473
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles152713227166
San Diego4069274335
Riverside3876785358
San Bernardino3745435962
Orange3343985725
Sacramento1683542443
Kern1576621804
Fresno1567952254
Santa Clara1520891925
Alameda1251761504
San Joaquin1075591834
Ventura1040031190
Contra Costa1037721046
Stanislaus915481417
Tulare860871096
San Francisco56909669
San Mateo56320629
Monterey52488626
Solano47671357
Santa Barbara47293549
Merced45053667
Sonoma43168412
Placer42141470
Imperial38477773
Kings35206363
San Luis Obispo31476359
Madera26194311
Shasta26081451
Butte25455314
Santa Cruz22248224
Yolo21558257
Marin18465249
El Dorado18301166
Sutter14571186
Napa13420104
Yuba1076089
Tehama10275130
Humboldt10158119
Nevada10019105
Mendocino857197
Lassen796756
San Benito781578
Tuolumne773090
Lake7043110
Amador577366
Siskiyou474755
Glenn457436
Calaveras441588
Del Norte375542
Colusa325220
Inyo256646
Plumas19367
Mono18784
Mariposa160018
Trinity99717
Modoc7655
Unassigned3220
Sierra2180
Alpine1080
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