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Immunization goal for Malheur County far off, keeping ‘low risk’ rating out of reach

The final county-sponsored immunization clinic was held at Four Rivers Cultural Center last week. The county still lags behind most of the state in the percentage of residents who received a Covid vaccine. (The Enterprise/Liliana Frankel).

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 last week, 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 . . .