Oregons COVID-19 vaccination rate hits 70 percent | TheHill – The Hill
About 70 percent of adults in Oregon have now received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, the state’s health department said Friday.
The Oregon Health Authority announced the milestone in a press release based on data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), noting that the state now follows behind 17 others that have reached the 70 percent threshold.
In Oregon, roughly 64 percent of adults ages 18 older have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, according to the CDC.
Oregon Health Authority Director Patrick Allen said in a statement Friday that hitting the vaccination milestone “means we have a better chance to sustain a safe reopening.”
“The safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines continue to drive down new cases, hospitalizations and deaths in our state,” he added, noting that “COVID-19 hasn’t gone away.”
He went on to say that Oregon has a goal of vaccinating “eight in 10 people across Oregon, particularly adults in communities of color and other under-vaccinated groups.”
According to the state health department, more than 9 in 10 recent coronavirus cases, hospitalizations and deaths in the state have been among residents who were unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated against COVID-19.