The era of mass vaccination clinics is over in Oregon, but the pandemic is not yet in the rearview mirror. That’s especially true in rural corners of the state. Low vaccination rates — and the appearance of the delta variant — have prompted public health officials to pivot their strategy for getting the state vaccinated.
More than 70% of Oregon adults have had at least one shot of a COVID-19 vaccine according to the Oregon Health Authority. But in less populated parts of the state, vaccination rates are significantly lower: while Multnomah and Hood River counties report vaccination rates of 74%, Umatilla and Grant county have a 42% vaccination rate, and Malheur’s is 37%.
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Earlier this month, the B.1.617.2 mutation of coronavirus — nicknamed the delta variant— arrived in Umatilla County, deepening concern about lagging vaccination rates in rural Oregon. The variant is more communicable than previous incarnations, makes up 83% of all current U.S. cases — not just new cases — and has been labeled a “variant of concern” by the Center for Disease Control.
The state has reported 14 cases of the delta variant so far, nine of which appeared in Morrow, Umatilla, Union, Wallowa, Baker and Malheur counties.
Dr. Bukhosi Dube, senior public health advisor at the Oregon Health Authority, says we have “oversaturated the market” on mass vaccination sites. To raise vaccination rates in rural areas and curb the variant quickly, public health officials will need to rely on pop-up clinics, education and partnerships with rural employers.
“Some of our lowest vaccination rates are in the central south part of the state, and we are seeing more disease burden among populations that are less vaccinated,” Dube says. “Which is unfortunate, since COVID-19 is now a preventable disease.”