State vaccination goal of 12,000 met at end of last week

Vehicles are lined up along SW 3rd Avenue prior to the start of Thursday’s drive-up vaccine clinic, held inside the parking garage at Saint Alphonsus Medical Center-Ontario.

Based on updated totals, Oregon Health Authority announced that vaccination sites across the state met Gov. Kate Brown’s goal of ensuring 12,000 vaccinations a day at the end of last week. Vaccine providers in Oregon administered 12,039 total doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines on Jan. 8, 2021. The governor required the benchmark to be met by the end of the two-week period that began Jan. 4.

The Malheur County Health Department has administered roughly 580 vaccines since Jan. 6 and plans to continue to hold vaccine PODs (points of distribution) at least once a week, contingent on vaccine availability.

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).

“While we hit the Governor’s goal of hitting 12,000 vaccines administered in a day last week,” said OHA Director Patrick Allen, “we want to sustain and expand our daily totals. The state can’t achieve our goal to deliver vaccinations quickly, efficiently and equitably all on our own. I’m grateful for the hard work that staff in hospitals, local health clinics and other sites have put into ramping up vaccinations for Oregonians. Vaccines are the safest and most effective way we can end this pandemic.”

Through Jan. 22, vaccine availability is limited to people in Phase 1a of the vaccine distribution sequencing. Beginning Jan. 23, Phase 1b opens up to people age 65 and over, child care providers, and early learning and K-12 staff. MCHD will provide details on vaccine distribution plans for seniors and educators as those plans are finalized. Check our monthly events calendar for upcoming vaccine clinics and other public health-related events.

We’re looking for a great Nurse Practitioner to join our team

Public Health Nurse Practitioners work in clinical settings to provide a range of services. They work to protect the health of Malheur County residents through prevention, education and the provision of direct services in the areas of home visiting, immunization, family planning, communicable disease, sexually transmitted disease, general health education and referral. They actively promote the mission of the department as well as maintain a basic knowledge of quality improvement, and sound nursing principles and practices. The successful candidate will have current licensure in good standing as a Nurse Practitioner, Physician Assistant or Certified Nurse Midwife in the State of Oregon. EOE, Veterans Preference.

This is a part-time, contract position that works one business day per week, and you get to pick the day. If this sounds like a good opportunity for you or someone you know, visit the Malheur County Job Opportunities listing to learn more about the position and apply.