Governor Brown calls on health officials to step up COVID-19 vaccinations
SALEM, Oregon – Following criticism of Oregon’s COVID-19 vaccination rate, Governor Kate Brown released a statement on Monday ordering health officials to step up their efforts.
Oregon follows 40 other states in coronavirus vaccinations, the Oregonian / OregonLive reported during the weekend. This news prompted other public figures to react.
“It is unfathomable that Oregon ranks among the bottom ten states in the country for the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccination,” said Representative David Brock Smith, R-Port Orford. “. . . Lives are lost, many are at stake, and Oregonians deserve a state government that has a clear and reliable plan for systematic vaccine deployment. “
On Monday, the Oregon Health Authority reported that just over 51,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine had been administered, including the first handful of second doses. But Oregon has received around 190,500 doses in total, and the OHA says those doses have already been distributed to sites across the state.
In his statement, Governor Brown stressed that residents of Oregon must be vaccinated as quickly as possible, but defended the state’s deployment.
“As a percentage of our population, Oregon has administered roughly the same number of vaccinations as other states, and the distribution will continue to ramp up rapidly,” Brown said. “We increased the vaccinations from about 3,700 given in our first week to over 29,000 in the last week.
“But Oregon, like most of the country, is not moving fast enough. All states face the same logistical challenges, and while we are making steady progress, we need to move even faster when every vaccination has the potential to save someone’s life. “
Brown said she had asked the OHA to meet a goal of 12,000 vaccinations per day in the state, to be reached by the end of the next two weeks.
“This will put us on track to deploy every vaccine we have in our hands every week,” Brown said.
However, the OHA is not directly involved in most vaccinations – which are currently administered by hospitals, local public health agencies and business partners like CVS and Walgreens who have supported long-term care facilities. duration. Brown said the OHA would work with these vendors to “streamline the distribution process” and achieve its goal.
“This is an effort on the bridge, and I have asked the OHA to partner as widely as possible to ensure that we use all available resources to rapidly ramp up Oregon’s vaccinations. “Brown concluded.