Teachers and school staff are now eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations
As of Monday morning, a new phase of Oregon's COVID-19 vaccination distribution plan is underway.
With the state now entering Phase 1b on Jan. 25, teachers and school staff are now eligible to get vaccinated. Gov. Kate Brown said this is an effort to get kids back in the classroom sooner — though her office says teachers are not required to get the shot to come back to school.
In two weeks, people aged 80 and older will be eligible to get their shots. For those 65 and older, a date for eligibility is yet to be determined. It will be dependent on how many doses Oregon receives from the federal government.
According to the Oregon Health Authority, there are approximately 105,000 educators eligible for their shot. They also estimate there are nearly 800,000 people aged 65 and up who will need to be vaccinated as part of Phase 1b.
Oregon entered the new phase on the same day that state health officials reported 435 additional COVID-19 cases and two new deaths. That raised the state total to 138,587 cases and 1,882 deaths.
The OHA also reported that 63% of the 492,450 doses of vaccine that have been delivered to sites across the state have been administered.
And state health officials reported the number of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 across Oregon is 320, which is 10 more than Sunday. There are 75 COVID-19 patients in intensive care unit (ICU) beds, which is five fewer than the day before.
The new cases were reported in the following counties: Baker (1), Benton (4), Clackamas (46), Columbia (1), Coos (11), Crook (1), Deschutes (21), Douglas (12), Harney (1), Hood River (1), Jackson (25), Josephine (10), Lake (4), Lane (36), Lincoln (5), Linn (7), Marion (48), Morrow (1), Multnomah (105), Polk (6), Tillamook (1), Umatilla (20), Union (3), Wasco (6), Washington (50) and Yamhill (9).
Oregon's 1,881st COVID-19 death is an 81-year-old man in Linn County who tested positive on Dec. 20 and died on Jan. 23 at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.
Oregon's 1,882nd COVID-19 death is a 90-year-old woman in Yamhill County who tested positive on Jan. 14 and died on Jan. 23 at Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.
KOIN 6 News is a news partner of the Portland Tribune and contributed to this story. Their story can be found here.
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