Clackamas County not quite ready for Lower Risk level – Portland, Oregon

Portland, Oregon 2021-05-27 18:42:13 –

Clackamas County needs more inhabitants to get vaccinated

15 years old receiving the first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at the Weingart East Los Angeles YMCA Mobile Vaccination Clinic on May 14, 2021. (Patrick T. Fallon / AFP / Getty Images)

Portland, Oregon (KOIN) — Clackamas County officials are planning to submit a stock plan to the state to get out of the high-risk level of COVID. But the big problem is that there are not enough vaccinated counties.

Governor Kate Brown has drawn the line — if 65% of the county’s population is vaccinated at least once, the county’s risk level will be reduced. Clackamas County is near.

Philip Mason Joiner, director of public health at Clackamas County, told KOIN 6 News that an additional 15,000 residents would be needed to get vaccinated. They have already taken 200,000 doses and expect to reach the required levels soon.

One of the big challenges is the geography of the county. Residents are approximately 2000 square miles larger than those in Multnomah and Washington counties.

“This made a big difference, so we have regular clinics in Sundi, Morara and Canby,” said Mason Joiner. “Our clinics in Estacarda and Welch in the mountains said we wouldn’t have had the vaccine if you hadn’t brought it to us. Doing these clinics Is important to reach out to people. “

In addition to increasing the number of community shot clinics in the community for schools, the plan is to work with businesses to provide more mobile on-site shot clinics to make employees more vulnerable to vaccination.

However, Clackamas County leaders believe they are in a position to reduce risk and ease restrictions, perhaps by the end of next week.

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