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More than half of senior population vaccinated in Douglas County

The county says cases involving seniors are down, but they are seeing more cases in people under the age of 45.

Posted: May 7, 2021 6:57 PM

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- Five months into the COVID-19 vaccine rollout in Douglas County, public health officials say more than half of their senior population has received the shot.

The county has a senior population of about 50,000, and data from the Oregon Health Authority says about 26,000 of them are vaccinated.

Public health officer Bob Dannenhoffer says that number is reflecting in the daily case count, which he said has gone significantly down.

“We’re seeing the result of that,” he said. “We see very few cases among seniors and almost all of those cases are people who chose not to get vaccinated.”

However, he said they’re also seeing more cases in people under the age of 45.

“We’re seeing many more cases among young people,” said Dannenhoffer. “And very disturbingly, we’re seeing more hospitalizations among young people. So when I look at the list of people hospitalized, they’re all younger than me!”

Right now, there are more than 40 places in Douglas County where people can get the shot, including regular mass vaccination clinics held by the county.

Their next big vaccination event is set for May 15 at the Douglas County Fairgrounds.

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