We are about 2 percent, or 60,000 people, away from reaching the state’s 70 percent threshold. That is, when 70 percent of the state’s residents 16 and older have at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has said she will lift most statewide restrictions—including indoor capacity limits, mask mandates, and physical distancing requirements—and reopen the state’s economy. Part of what’s gotten us this close to that 70 percent figure: Oregon’s mass vaccination sites at the Oregon Convention Center, the drive-thru sites at the Portland International Airport, and the Hillsboro Stadium.
But with all three sites closing this month, what does that mean for the future of vaccinations in Oregon? What are the next steps?
This week on Footnotes, the closure of Oregon’s mass vaccination sites, the continued health equity and access issues facing our state, and the role community health clinics will play moving forward toward a post-pandemic future.