Over the weekend, Klamath County Public Health was able to vaccinate 414 individuals who are part of the faculty, staff and administration of schools serving Pre-Kindergarten through high school students.

This exhausted Public Health’s immediate supply of vaccine. It is unknown at this time how much vaccine will arrive from Oregon Health Authority this week.

Public Health is working with its community partners to distribute vaccine, ensuring those eligible for the groups in Phases 1-A and 1-B, Group 1 can continue scheduling. It is our highest priority to ensure that doses received in Klamath County are made available to our community by any and all possible means.

Plans are being made to serve individuals who are 80 and older, beginning February 8. All vaccination depends upon the availability of vaccine. There is no registry and no appointments are being made for individuals beyond Phases 1-A and 1-B, Group 1.

There are about 5,000 people in Klamath County who are 75 and older, with another 10,000 between the ages of 65 and 74. Providing vaccination to everyone will be a long process.

Oregon Health Authority provided the slide below on Friday’s press conference with Governor Kate Brown. By the week of May 2, Oregon Health Authority projects that only 78% of educators and those 65 and older will be vaccinated.

As of Sunday, 971 people had received both doses of vaccine in Klamath County. The total number of doses given was 4,838. Local vaccinations began on December 18, 2020.