Vax efforts fall short for Oregon Latinos, including in Malheur County

The Covid vaccine. (Liliana Frankel/The Enterprise)

ONTARIO – Local health care providers and public agencies are focusing on Malheur County’s Latino population as statewide data shows that Latinos are getting vaccinated at a fraction of the rate of their white counterparts. 

In Oregon, only 6% of vaccine has gone to Latinos so far, despite the fact that Latinos make up 13% of the population and 25% of Covid cases. In comparison, 70% of vaccine has gone to Oregon’s white population, which makes up 75% of the general population of the state and only 50% of Covid cases. 

Details about Malheur County aren’t available because the state has been withholding data about vaccine distribution by race and ethnicity because of the county’s small Black and Pacific Islander populations. If the data were . . .