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.