The Oregon Health Authority announced the step in a press release based on data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), noting that the state is now tracking 17 others who have reached the 70% threshold.
While some states have been able to achieve relatively high immunization rates, the country as a whole appears unlikely to achieve President BidenJoe BidenConsultants discovered significant deterioration of concrete at Surfside building in 2020: reporting Arkansas coronavirus cases hit new high for second day since winter Emergency doctor collecting photos among wreckage of the Surfside building collapsethe goal of having at least 70 percent of American adults with at least one injection of COVID-19 by July 4.
In Oregon, about 64% of adults aged 18 and older have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, according to the CDC.
Oregon Health Authority director Patrick Allen said in a statement Friday that reaching the vaccination milestone “means we have a better chance of maintaining a safe reopening.”
“Safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines continue to bring down new cases, hospitalizations and deaths in our state,” he added, noting that “COVID-19 has not gone away.”
He went on to say that Oregon has a goal of vaccinating “eight out of 10 people in Oregon, especially adults from communities of color and other under-vaccinated groups.”
According to the state’s health department, more than 9 out of 10 recent coronavirus cases, hospitalizations and deaths in the state involve residents who have not been vaccinated or not fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
This comes as the director of the CDC Rochelle WalenskyRochelle WalenskyPreliminary Data Shows J&J Vaccine May Be Effective Against Delta Variant Overnight Healthcare: White House To Send “Emergency Teams” To Delta Variant Hot Spots | St. Louis advises vaccinees to wear masks indoors | 120,000 people in Oklahoma have Medicaid coverage Actress Sophia Bush testifies before Congress on vaccines: “Medicine is not partisan” MORE said this week that fully vaccinated people are “safe” from variants of the coronavirus, including the highly transmissible delta variant first identified in India which is now spreading rapidly in the United States
Earlier this week, Oregon fully lifted the remaining coronavirus restrictions in the state, including mask warrants, social distancing requirements and capacity limits.
While the government of Oregon. Kate BrownKate Brown Governor of Oregon uses emergency conflagration law to fight wildfires California wildfires span 13,000 acres and threaten marijuana farms. (D) said in May that coronavirus restrictions would not be lifted statewide until the 70% vaccination threshold is reached, the governor said last week the state would open its doors June 30 at the latest.
However, federal airport and public transportation mask warrants remain in effect, and companies in Oregon can still require customers to wear masks or show proof of vaccination.
Brown is one of many governors to have introduced a lottery for residents who have been vaccinated to increase vaccination rates.
The names were drawn in the The “Take Your Shot, Oregon” lottery Monday, with the winners of the million dollar grand prize and other smaller cash prizes expected to be announced next week.