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    Oregon National Guard continue supporting COVID-19 Vaccination efforts statewide

    Oregon National Guard continues to support COVID-19 Vaccinations across the state

    Photo By Master Sgt. John Hughel | Oregon Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Ryan Kill, assigned to Headquarters-Headquarters...... read more read more

    PORTLAND, OR, UNITED STATES

    04.19.2021

    Story by Master Sgt. John Hughel 

    Oregon National Guard Public Affairs Office

    PORTLAND, Ore. - Oregon National Guard Citizen-Soldiers and Airmen have now vaccinated nearly 300,000 people since being activated by Governor Kate Brown on Jan. 8, assisting the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) and regional medical partners distribute the COVID-19 vaccine.

    In addition to military medical vaccination support, Guardsmen have been trained to assist 211 Information, a local community information call center that helps connect people with health and social service organizations. Since being call-up on Feb. 5, the Guardsmen have now handled approximately 80,000 phone calls, providing information about testing, vaccinations, appointments, and other community resources stressed by the lingering pandemic.

    On April 19, President Joe Biden announced, “As of today, everyone is eligible to get the vaccine. We have enough of it, you need to be protected.”

    The total vaccinated percentages of U.S. citizens who have received at least one dose are currently at 39.9% and 25.7% are now fully vaccinated.

    With a waiting line outside the Oregon Convention Center doors to receive the vaccine on April 19, the latest CDC reports confirm that 2,549,201 total doses had been administered in Oregon with 1,600,343 total people vaccinated, and of those, 1,033,175 have completed their series. The number of vaccinated Oregonians continues to rise on a daily basis, as more doses have become available.

    The 7-day average for new infections in the State of Oregon is currently on the rise at 650 new cases per day and in total, has claimed the lives of more than 2,450 Oregonians since the initial outbreak in mid-March of 2020. Having the military members support the vaccine efforts will help increase the distribution of the vaccine to everyone who now wants to receive the vaccine.

    As the COVID task force mission has expanded around the state, the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation hosted a two-day mass vaccination clinic on Feb. 23-24 where 975 doses of the Pfizer vaccine were ready to be administered with the help of the Oregon National Guard. The multi-jurisdictional operation was aided by 18 Guard members to help vaccinate the community with their first dose, and Guard members returned on April 13-14, to administer the second dose.

    In addition to the Oregon Guardsmen working at the largest mass vaccination site located at the Portland Convention Center, 16 members of the U.S. Coast Guard Sector Columbia River are currently helping provide administrative support.

    Since March of 2020, Oregon National Guardsmen have been activated to support the state’s COVID-19 Pandemic response, distributing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) throughout the state, establishing contingency hospitals areas, assisted with the largest wildfire season on record last summer, and helped protect lives and property during civil disturbances.

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    Date Taken: 04.19.2021
    Date Posted: 04.20.2021 20:15
    Story ID: 394300
    Location: PORTLAND, OR, US 

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