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June 17, 2021

Vaccine Voices: COVID-19 vaccine is ‘such a need for the world’

Sonya is a 14-year-old freshman in high school who recently got her first dose of COVID-19 vaccine. She shared her vaccination experience with us. 

Almost 2 weeks ago I got my first COVID-19 vaccine. The people there who gave me the informational sheet to fill out were super nice. They made me feel comfortable being there. The lady who gave me the shot was very educated on the Pfizer vaccine. She made my mom and I feel that we were doing the right thing for my health and others.  

I never second-guessed getting the vaccine. Definitely excited to get my second dose of the vaccine. Also, my arm was sore a little bit the next day, but after that day my arm felt back to normal. 

The reason why it was important for me to get vaccinated was because, I wanted to be sure that my health wouldn’t be affected as bad if I ever got COVID-19, and I knew if I ever got the Coronavirus and I passed it on to someone causing them to suffer worse or possibly die from it, I could never forgive myself. 

I think getting the COVID vaccine is such a need for the world. If we all want to become better people in this already distressed world we live in, why not get a simple shot to fix this global pandemic? Coronavirus is not only affecting you, but it is affecting your neighbor, your co-worker, the new generations to come, elders, and so many more. 

Young person smiling and pointing to the sticker on her overalls that says "I got my COVID-19 vaccine".

Sonya points out her “I got my COVID-19 vaccine” sticker

Be prepared to beat the heat this weekend

This is a big weekend for outdoor gatherings and hot weather is forecast for many parts of the stateMany of you will be celebrating Juneteenth, Pride, Father’s Day, the end of the school year and the beginning of summerRemember to be prepared before you go out. Water, sunscreen, sunglasses, a sunhat and a mask are essential 

Check out the infographic below for more tips on beating the heat. 

Stay cool, stay hydrated and stay informed (about the temperature, heat index and how to treat heat-related illness).

Oregon Health Authority launches new version of vaccination metrics dashboard

Today, OHA launched a new version of its vaccination metrics dashboard. Changes include race and ethnicity vaccination rates released at the regional level and age groups for 60 years and older reported as 10-year groups.  

New graphs now include people remaining to reach 65% vaccinated in each population, by age group and county as well as by race and ethnicity and region. You can also view data over time by date of first dose to understand vaccination uptake, or by date of last dose to understand when the vaccination series was completed. 

Check out this new version here. 

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Oregon reports 300 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 1 new death

There is one new COVID-19 related death in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 2,745, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 12:01 a.m. today. 

Oregon Health Authority reported 300 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. today, bringing the state total to 205,988. 

Vaccinations in Oregon 

Today, OHA reported that 16,106 new doses of COVID-19 vaccinations were added to the state immunization registry. Of this total, 8,643 doses were administered on June 16 and 7,463 were administered on previous days but were entered into the vaccine registry on June 16. 

The seven-day running average is now 15,444 doses per day. 

Oregon has now administered 2,415,419 first and second doses of Pfizer,1,692,352 first and second doses of Moderna and 160,253 single doses of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines. 

As of today, 2,340,646 people have had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 2,077,399 have completed a COVID-19 vaccine series. The number of adult Oregonians needing vaccinations to reach the 70% threshold is 55,697. 

A daily countdown can be found on the OHA vaccinations page. 

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Cumulative daily totals can take several days to finalize because providers have 72 hours to report doses administered and technical challenges have caused many providers to lag in their reporting. OHA has been providing technical support to vaccination sites to improve the timeliness of their data entry into the state’s ALERT Immunization Information System (IIS). 

To date, 2,910,285 doses of Pfizer, 2,205,820 doses of Moderna and 299,000 doses of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines have been delivered to sites across Oregon. 

These data are preliminary and subject to change. 

OHA’s dashboards provide regularly updated vaccination data, and Oregon’s dashboard has been updated today. 

COVID-19 hospitalizations  

The number of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 across Oregon is 151, which is 11 fewer than yesterday. There are 37 COVID-19 patients in intensive care unit (ICU) beds, which is no change from yesterday. 

The total number of COVID-19 positive patient bed-days in the most recent seven days is 1,151, which is a 13.3% decrease from the previous seven days. The peak daily number of beds occupied by COVID-19 positive patients in the most recent seven days is 174. 

The total number of patients in hospital beds may fluctuate between report times. The numbers do not reflect admissions per day, nor the length of hospital stay. Staffing limitations are not captured in this data and may further limit bed capacity. 

Cases and deaths 

The new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases reported today are in the following counties: Baker (6), Benton (5), Clackamas (22), Clatsop (6), Columbia (8), Coos (2), Crook (2), Curry (7), Deschutes (11), Douglas (15), Harney (5), Hood River (1), Jackson (14), Jefferson (3), Josephine (15), Klamath (5), Lane (26), Lincoln (7), Linn (18), Malheur (5), Marion (27), Morrow (2), Multnomah (35), Polk (10), Umatilla (20), Union (1), Wasco (2), Washington (17) and Yamhill (3). 

Oregon’s 2,745th death is a 76-year-old man from Lane County who tested positive on June 9 and died on June 15 at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at Riverbend. He had underlying conditions. 

Learn more about COVID-19 vaccinations   

To learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine situation in Oregon, visit our webpage (English or Spanish), which has a breakdown of distribution and other information.