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Nearly one million Oregonians fully vaccinated

Starting Monday, every Oregonian 16 and older will be eligible to schedule a vaccine appointment.

Posted: Apr 16, 2021 7:24 PM
Updated: Apr 16, 2021 7:37 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- According to the Oregon Health Authority, nearly one million people across the state are now fully vaccinated. And more than 500,000 Oregonians have received their first dose of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines.

Starting Monday, every Oregonian 16 and older will be eligible to schedule a vaccine appointment.

"I miss everything being back to normal and hopefully that will kind of jump start that," Eugene resident Sean Paranuk said.

But the pause in Johnson & Johnson vaccines is causing some setbacks, according to OHA Director Patrick Allen.


"We expected the Johnson & Johnson manufacturing shortfall would result in an eight or nine day setback in having enough doses to vaccinate all eligible Oregonians," Allen said. "Now, we're holding off on our projections of Johnson & Johnson vaccines for the next month until we know more."

Allen said this could also impact Oregon's vaccine supply.

"That continued shortfall means as many as 70,000 fewer doses a week," Allen said.

This comes at the same time as a statewide surge in new cases.

"We have seen 20-plus percent increases in our cases for three weeks running, eclipsing even the most pessimistic scenario in our COVID-19 modeling," state epidemiologist Dr. Dean Sidelinger said during a press conference this morning.

Sidelinger said the actions of the community over the next few weeks will determine the fate of the state's fight against the virus.

"We also know what Oregonians do when faced with this virus -- they fight it by wearing our masks, keeping our distance, and limiting high risk, indoor gatherings and now by getting vaccinated," Sidelinger said.

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