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Jackson County lags behind state average on COVID-19 vaccinations

Governor Kate Brown announced Tuesday that Oregon counties will be able to loosen restrictions once vaccination rates reach 65 percent, but the goal remains distant for most southern Oregon counties.

Posted: May 12, 2021 10:40 AM
Updated: May 12, 2021 12:08 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. -- The day after Governor Kate Brown announced Oregon's vaccination benchmarks for loosening restrictions, Jackson County Public Health says that just under 46 percent of residents 16 and older have received at least a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Brown said in a press conference on Tuesday that 70 percent of Oregon adults must receive at least one dose before statewide restrictions are lifted. Counties will also have the option to enter Lower Risk status if 65 percent of people 16 and older have received at least one dose.

Vaccination Options at the Jackson County Vaccination Equity Center:

Walk-through Moderna Site (for individuals 18 years and older)

  • Vaccine: Moderna
  • Operation Hours: Monday-Friday 9:00 am to 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm
  • No appointment required

Drive-Through Pfizer Site (for individuals 16 years and older)

  • Vaccine: Pfizer
  • Operation Hours: Sunday- Saturday
  • Wednesday and Thursday: 7:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • All other days: 12:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • No appointment required

According to Jackson County, the local vaccination rate is below the state average of 56.6 percent, with 45.9 percent of Jackson County residents 16 and older having received at least one dose. Public health officials are working on a plan for submission to the Oregon Health Authority regarding how Jackson County plans to close the equity gap in vaccination efforts.

“Getting vaccinated against COVID-19 is the best option we have to fight this pandemic, save lives, reduce hospitalizations from COVID-19, reopen our economy and get back to the people and things we love,” said Dr. Jim Shames, Jackson County Health Officer. “These vaccines are safe and effective. You may have some side effects, but these are normal signs that your body is building protection, and they will go away within a few days. Some people have no side effects.”

Jackson County Public Health reported 42 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday. Alongside the new cases, the agency reported the death of a 25-year-old man who tested positive on April 28. He died May 10 at Providence Medford Medical Center. Officials said that he had underlying health conditions.

“We are encouraging everyone to come to the Jackson County Expo to get their COVID-19 vaccine. We do not require appointments or insurance at this vaccination site, and we are open seven days a week. It is an effortless location to receive the vaccine, and we have both Moderna and Pfizer options at this location,” said Tanya Phillips, Jackson County Health Promotion Manager.

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Cases: 345344

Reported Deaths: 4084
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Washington37724310
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Clackamas28835298
Lane26661291
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Umatilla14081139
Linn12200114
Douglas11664238
Josephine9174191
Yamhill8438108
Klamath7549106
Polk707380
Malheur542374
Benton521531
Coos481591
Columbia368143
Jefferson355650
Union309944
Lincoln306033
Wasco275839
Crook263643
Clatsop238027
Baker195628
Tillamook191926
Hood River186036
Morrow180223
Curry177019
Harney106424
Grant96512
Lake86910
Wallowa65712
Gilliam1484
Sherman1453
Wheeler941
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Cases: 4802761

Reported Deaths: 70456
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles147341026379
Riverside3689534978
San Diego3631694151
San Bernardino3558485562
Orange3224975513
Sacramento1574982273
Santa Clara1443001886
Fresno1437452048
Kern1437161600
Alameda1197741365
San Joaquin1016431696
Ventura1004421162
Contra Costa99102969
Stanislaus849231310
Tulare78753945
San Francisco53974644
San Mateo53781618
Monterey50676582
Solano45734334
Santa Barbara44770518
Merced41680577
Sonoma40638400
Placer38813412
Imperial35591762
Kings32197312
San Luis Obispo29590330
Madera23420281
Butte23298257
Shasta23230334
Santa Cruz20830217
Yolo20092247
Marin17570243
El Dorado16947149
Sutter13762169
Napa12797100
Yuba992780
Tehama9240103
Humboldt9085108
Nevada902590
Mendocino751686
Lassen743743
San Benito735972
Tuolumne671793
Lake6499103
Amador536763
Siskiyou442742
Glenn429930
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Inyo194239
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Trinity85811
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