PORTLAND, Ore. — Oregon hit a milestone in the coronavirus pandemic on Wednesday, with the Oregon Health Authority recording more than 1 million doses of vaccine administered. The first dose to be administered in the state happened on December 14, less than three months prior.
"Approximately one in five Oregonians who likely are eligible have received at least one dose," the Oregon Health Authority said in a statement.
Because the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines each require two doses for an individual to be fully vaccinated, the milestone 1 million doses does not translate to 1 million Oregonians vaccinated.
Officials logged 22,346 doses administered on Tuesday, bringing the total number of doses statewide to 1,019,767. At the beginning of January, Governor Kate Brown set a goal of administering 12,000 vaccinations per day after a slow start to distribution efforts.
“This could not happen without the partnerships that have been strengthened and developed to move Oregon closer to community immunity, and the thousands of providers, volunteers, nurses and countless other Oregonians who made this happen,” said OHA Director Patrick Allen. “Every day we are delivering more than 22,000 doses of vaccine that will bring us to the end of this difficult journey for so many."
OHA said that the vaccine has reached every corner of the state through a number of venues — including long-term care, residential care, and other congregate care settings. As of this week, all seniors 65 and older became eligible for the vaccine, but the national supply chain shortage continues to limit the availability of appointments for many in these groups.
“Our ability to meet our timelines for opening up scheduling opportunities to additional groups will still require an adequate and consistent supply of doses from the federal government, a large number of Oregonians who are able and willing to get vaccinated and the ability of our vaccination sites to immunize all eligible persons,” Director Allen continued.
Oregon's daily case rates have dropped dramatically since the beginning of January, but OHA continued to recommend protective measures to keep spread of the virus down while vaccine roll-out continues. The agency issued the following recommendations:
- Maintain 6 feet of physical distance;
- Wear a face covering when outside the house;
- Practice good hand hygiene;
- Avoid any gatherings with non-household members;
- If you start to have symptoms — even mild ones — consult with a medical provider quickly to get instructions on how to care for yourself and your household members and to determine whether to get tested;
- And finally, if you get a call from a local public health authority, answer it, and take their advice on how to protect yourself and those around you.