Jackson County has received doses of third COVID-19 vaccine, health officials say

600 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine have arrived in Jackson County, and health officials say that they will go to some of the most 'hard to reach' eligible groups.

Posted: Mar 3, 2021 1:00 PM
Updated: Mar 3, 2021 5:31 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. — Jackson County Public Health is now in possession of the first shipment of the newly-approved Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, officials said on Wednesday. The positive news is accompanied by recent trends in new virus cases that could send the county back to "Extreme Risk" status by the end of next week.

Public health officials said that they have received 600 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Staff are working to get these doses to eligible groups that "may be hard to reach, have barriers to accessing the vaccine, and would be challenging to provide a second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine."

Unlike the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, the Johnson & Johnson product is designed to be delivered in a single dose.


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"Jackson County Public Health is hopeful that the vaccine supply chain will increase in late March and April, allowing for more vaccines to be distributed to Jackson County and increasing access to the vaccine," the agency said. "Jackson County Public Health and our healthcare partners are encouraged by the number of people wanting to be vaccinated, and we are all eager to provide the vaccine. We appreciate the community's patience; we are all doing the best we can – as fast as we can – with the available resources we have."

Jackson County stepped down from Extreme to High Risk last Friday, but it may be forced to go back on Oregon's highest level of restrictions by next Friday if trends continue.

According to county data, there were just over 223 cases per 100,000 people during the week of February 14 through 27. Jackson County needs to have case rates below 200 per 100,000 to qualify for High Risk status. Public health officials have logged 121 new cases since Sunday.


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As of Wednesday, Jackson County's coronavirus death toll stood at 114 since the beginning of the pandemic. Officials reported the death of a 65-year-old woman who tested positive on January 18 and died on February 28 at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center. She had underlying conditions.

The day prior, health officials reported the death of a 27-year-old man who tested positive on January 26 and died on February 19 at Legacy Emmanuel Health in Portland. He also had underlying conditions.

"Jackson County Public Health understands that people are ready to resume life as it was before the pandemic," the agency said. "Even though the vaccine provides us hope that society will operate as it did before the pandemic, we must continue using all the tools available to help stop this pandemic as we learn more about how COVID-19 vaccines work in real-world conditions. Letting our guard down against preventing the spread of COVID-19 will increase the risk of COVID-19 spreading in Jackson County, which will put Jackson County at a higher risk level and jeopardize people's health."

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 394569

Reported Deaths: 5243
CountyCasesDeaths
Multnomah60720847
Washington42359405
Marion40153516
Clackamas33040387
Lane30428361
Jackson25105363
Deschutes23795189
Umatilla15144184
Linn14859183
Douglas13523293
Josephine10278247
Yamhill9840143
Klamath9112149
Polk8325102
Benton615338
Malheur593292
Coos5768109
Columbia438056
Jefferson424366
Lincoln365852
Crook343057
Union340756
Wasco318646
Clatsop263635
Baker221833
Tillamook218046
Hood River216537
Morrow197825
Curry193939
Harney121333
Grant109116
Lake105617
Wallowa76313
Sherman1933
Gilliam1854
Wheeler1141
Unassigned00

California Coronavirus Cases

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Cases: 5109348

Reported Deaths: 74802
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles153635127246
San Diego4091824350
Riverside3892365381
San Bernardino3762805983
Orange3352965756
Sacramento1690952452
Kern1582701828
Fresno1574692270
Santa Clara1528571928
Alameda1256281512
San Joaquin1080791835
Ventura1043091192
Contra Costa1042181056
Stanislaus919641429
Tulare867391100
San Francisco57141674
San Mateo56585631
Monterey52842626
Solano47828360
Santa Barbara47523555
Merced45309671
Sonoma43349414
Placer42458473
Imperial38932776
Kings35370367
San Luis Obispo31667360
Madera26388311
Shasta26221461
Butte25608318
Santa Cruz22402224
Yolo21722261
Marin18587249
El Dorado18448168
Sutter14646186
Napa13446106
Yuba1079891
Tehama10316131
Humboldt10294119
Nevada10112105
Mendocino864999
Lassen797656
San Benito787979
Tuolumne778491
Lake7057113
Amador580067
Siskiyou479657
Glenn458536
Calaveras445788
Del Norte377942
Colusa328321
Inyo257346
Plumas19577
Mono19034
Mariposa162218
Trinity100717
Modoc7936
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