Top Malheur County health official says more vaccine needed to stymie Covid

Sarah Poe, Malheur County Health Department director explains the vaccine roll out during a Covid testing event at Vale High School last week. (The Enterprise/Pat Caldwell).

ONTARIO – When the coronavirus hit the county last spring, Sarah Poe had hope in the technological wizardry of modern science and the ability of her community to rally against the virus.

A year later and Poe is still hopeful – though her faith is tempered by experience – and believes the key weapon to defeat Covid is vaccine.

The first shipment of vaccine arrived in the county in December and triggered optimism among local health officials.

Since then, though, the county was compelled to rely on an often-haphazard state distribution system that leaves officials unsure when, or if, they will receive the serum.

“We find out week . . .