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OHA: State meeting Brown's vaccination goal
The Oregon Health Authority announced Thursday that the state has met Gov. Kate Brown's order of vaccinating 12,000 people a day against COVID-19.
The OHA based the Jan. 14 announcement on a reported 16,355 new shots being delivered as of noon Thursday in addition to 10,172 being delivered on Wednesday and 6,183 on Tuesday.
"Based on updated totals, the Oregon Health Authority announced that vaccination sites across the state met Gov. Kate Brown's goal of ensuring 12,000 vaccinations a day at the end of last week. Vaccine providers in Oregon administered 12,039 total doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines on Jan. 8. The governor required the benchmark to be met by the end of the two-week period that began Jan. 4," the OHA said Thursday.
Brown set the goal after the OHA was criticized for the slow rollout of the vaccine, with only around 25% of the delivered supply being administered in the opening weeks.
"While we hit the governor's goal of hitting 12,000 vaccines administered in a day last week," OHA Director Patrick Allen said, "we want to sustain and expand our daily totals. The state can't achieve our goal to deliver vaccinations quickly, efficiently and equitably all on our own. I'm grateful for the hard work that staff in hospitals, local health clinics and other sites have put into ramping up vaccinations for Oregonians. Vaccines are the safest and most effective way we can end this pandemic."
A cumulative total of 146,137 first and second doses of COVID-19 vaccines had been administered in Oregon by Thursday. All vaccinations were administered at Oregon hospitals, long-term care facilities, emergency medical service (EMS) agencies, urgent care facilities and Local Public Health Authorities (LPHAs).
Also on Thursday, state health officials reported 1,152 more cases of COVID-19, bringing the state total to 130,246. An additional 29 deaths were reported, raising the state's death toll to 1,737.
The number of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 across Oregon was 415, 19 fewer than the day before. There were 101 COVID-19 patients in intensive care unit (ICU) beds, two fewer than on Wednesday.
The new reported cases on Thursday were in the following counties: Baker (7), Benton (23), Clackamas (70), Clatsop (11), Columbia (15), Coos (11), Crook (12), Curry (1), Deschutes (82), Douglas (16), Harney (6), Hood River (9), Jackson (75), Jefferson (12), Josephine (18), Klamath (17), Lake (3), Lane (94), Lincoln (2), Linn (23), Malheur (14), Marion (137), Morrow (9), Multnomah (185), Polk (13), Umatilla (60), Union (19), Wasco (14), Washington (162), Wheeler (2) and Yamhill (30).
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