PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — 67% of eligible Oregonians have been vaccinated, Governor Brown said on Friday during a press conference providing updates on the pandemic.
The state is inching toward their 70% goal, with around 90,000 more people needed to get vaccinated.
“We are so close to fully reopening our economy. We’re closing the vaccination equity gap for communities of color. This is good news, however we still have work to do to ensure that all Oregonians are healthy and protected from COVID-19,” Governor Brown said.
She said Clackamas County is poised to pass the 65% threshold on Friday and will be moving into the Lower Risk soon.
On average, Oregon is administering 15,761 doses of COVID vaccines per day. To date, 2,303,485 people have had at least one dose.
Dr. Dean Sidelinger said that the data proves that the vaccine is effective.
“In summary, the landscape of the virus has shifted dramatically, creating what we described last week as two pandemics. As our breakthrough data shows – the virus is overwhelmingly impacting those who are not fully vaccinated – while those vaccinated are safe from the virus,” he said.
While the state’s plan is to not require masks for everyone — including the unvaccinated — Brown said she will make adjustments based on CDC guidelines once we get to 70% statewide. Doctors urge the unvaccinated or partially vaccinated to keep wearing a mask, since they are at higher risk of having the coronavirus.
Brown also announced the state’s newest website takeyourshot.oregon.gov had launched on Friday. Veterans, those who have received a federally-administered vaccine dose, vaccinated out-of-state, or vaccinated during a clinical trial can enter their information on the site to make sure they are part of the state’s Take Your Shot campaign and lottery drawing.
That’s been a big issue for the tens of thousands of vets, their spouses and caregivers vaccinated through the VA but not in Oregon’s database.
Also during Friday’s press conference, Brown announced that she extended the state’s Mortgage Foreclosure Moratorium until September. The rent moratorium was not extended past June 30, so renters must start paying in July or face eviction. Oregonians can apply for rental assistance here.