COVID-19 affects certain racial and ethnic groups more severely than it does others, and because of that disparity, the state has asked local Health Departments to create a plan to address vaccination of various racial and ethnic groups which are more at risk of severe illness or death from COVID-19. Malheur County’s plan was approved by the state in August, and between late August and late September, MCHD tracked the number of people who self-identify as different ethnicities to see how we’re doing with vaccinating those groups against COVID-19. Malheur County was grouped with Harney, Lake and Klamath counties for population and vaccination numbers, so the graph below shows percentages from all four counties combined. The blue bars show vaccination numbers as of Aug. 31, 2021, and the orange show vaccination numbers as of Sept. 29, 2021. The Health Department and our non-profit partners are making progress to address the vaccination gaps. If you have suggestions on how we might do that, please let us know by calling 541-889-7279 or commenting on this post. The goal is to have 80 percent of our population vaccinated, so we can put an end to this pandemic, and we need your help! Talk to your health care provider about getting vaccinated – your provider will be able to answer any questions you have about the vaccines; tell your family, friends and neighbors about the various vaccination events taking place around the county, suggest to event organizers that they add vaccination to their event, or even volunteer at one of the county’s vaccination events. As they say, it takes a village, and we are looking to our village to help us increase the numbers on this graph.