County continues to lag behind most of the state in vaccinations

While there is Covid vaccine available Malheur County continues to fall behind most of the rest of Oregon in immunization rates. (Liliana Frankel/The Enterprise)

ONTARIO – The state goal of immunizing 65% of Malheur County’s population against Covid remains elusive nearly six months after a vaccine became widely available.

According to data released by the Malheur County Health Department Tuesday, the county is the second worst among counties in Oregon for percentage of total population vaccinated.

The data shows 26% of Malheur County’s population has been vaccinated.

 Just over 8,000 doses of Covid vaccine have been administered in Malheur County, according to the health department.

“We’d need to double that number to reach 65%,” said Sarah Poe, Malheur County Health Department director.

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