Lane County falls short of moving to lower risk

Officials said about 7,800 people need to get at least the first dose of the vaccine to move to lower risk.

Posted: May 25, 2021 6:40 PM
Updated: May 25, 2021 6:40 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Lane County will not be moving to lower risk on Friday after falling just short of the 65% vaccination target.

Currently, only 63% of residents ages 16 and up have gotten at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Lane County Public Health said 22,000 doses of the vaccine were given out last week, and of that 4,000 were given out to ages 12 to 15. However, the Oregon Health Authority doesn't include that age group in the overall percentage for the county.

Health officials said about 7,800 people need to get at least the first dose of the vaccine for the county to move to lower risk. Spokesman Jason Davis said they're optimistic the county will make the move in two weeks.

"It seems like a lot but it's not, that can be achieved in one day in a mass vaccination clinic, two days with our ramped-down version," Davis said. "This is absolutely achievable and every vaccine dose matters."

Lane County will stay at higher risk for the next two weeks until the governor reconsiders risk levels again. Benton County is the first in Western Oregon to move to lower risk. Linn and Douglas will stay at higher risk. Coos County will stay at moderate risk.

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