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Counties stuck in high risk make push to reach vaccination goal

Lane County reached the 65% goal a few weeks ago, but Douglas and Linn counties are still inching away from high risk.

Posted: Jun 22, 2021 7:08 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- As the state nears 70%, several counties are already in the lower risk category, but there are still a few left behind. 

Linn County has been in high risk since February. And as of today, Douglas County has had 53% of its eligible population receive at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. 

Douglas County Public Health Officer Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer said there are still opportunities to get vaccinated in Douglas County and said he's feeling confident residents will continue to get vaccinated. 

"Relaxing restrictions is a little worrisome. I think we can count on the people of Douglas County to try and be as careful as they can be," said Dannenhoffer. 

But while some counties are happy with their progress, others are concerned about their own. 

Linn County Health Administrator Todd Noble said he is dissappointed with the number of residents not getting vaccinated. He also said there are other concerns with not getting vaccinated, including the mental health toll on children.

"Mental health issues have been a major factor through this pandemic. And some of the biggest concerns I have is our youth," said Noble. 

Noble also said they have taken a harder hit than most, having to isolate themselves frequently. And he said getting the vaccine could mean more safe social interaction for everyone, including young people. 

He encourages those who have questions or concerns about getting the vaccine to contact their health care provider. 

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