The number of COVID cases in Jefferson County is dropping. In the past week, from June 7 through June 14, Jefferson County has reported 19 new cases.
Counting people vaccinated through the county and through federal sources, approximately 60% of eligible residents have been vaccinated, approaching the goal of 65% which would allow the county to drop to low risk.
"That means we have more individuals protected locally from COVID," says Michael Baker, Jefferson County Public Health director. "From a public health perspective, it's pretty exciting to see that nearly 60% already has one vaccine."
Every Oregonian vaccinated against the coronavirus qualifies for lottery prizes, but not all are automatically entered for the drawing.
People who received their vaccines from federal sources, like the Indian Health Service, a pharmacy, the Veterans Administration, at some long-term care facilities, in another state or even another country will not automatically have their names entered for the drawing.
Those people can enter their names by registering at this website: https://appengine.egov.com/apps/or/take-your-shot.
People who enter have a better than average chance of winning a substantial prize from this lottery. A person has about a one in 2-million chance of winning the $1-million prize, far better than the one in 5-million odds for someone who buys a lottery ticket.
In addition to the $1-million prize, the state offers one $10,000 prize for every county. Jefferson County has added an additional eight $10,000 prizes.
Given the number of people vaccinated in Jefferson County, a person has about a one in 1,100 chance of winning $10,000 versus a one in 649,000 chance in the general lottery.
Jefferson County also posted three prizes, $10,000 Oregon College Saving Plan accounts, for vaccinated students ages 12 to 18. Given the number in that age group currently vaccinated, the chance of winning comes to about one in 143.
You can't even buy a lottery ticket unless you're 18.
Opening vaccination to people younger teens has changed the demographics at the clinics dramatically.
"Once we opened it to 12 and older, it really brought out families," says Baker. "It's surprising the number of parents and children that are coming out. It really shows that a lot of people were waiting to do this as a family."
"Some of these people run out of there jumping up and down," says Tami Kepa'a, communications director for Jefferson County Public Health. "Some are crying and laughing, taking selfies, high-fiving, pretty excited."
COVID vaccine clinics set
Tuesday, June 15
5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Oregon Child Development Coalition
659 NE A St., Madras
Open to age 12 and older
Friday, June 18
Noon - 7 p.m.
Jefferson County Fairgrounds
430 SW Fairgrounds Road, Madras
Music and free tacos
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