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Oregon National Guard continue supporting COVID-19 Vaccination efforts statewide (Photo) - 04/20/21

SALEM, 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.” 

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 distribution of the vaccine to everyone who now wants to receive the vaccine. 

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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Still Photos:

210419-Z-CH590-0045 - Oregon National Guard Airman 1st Class Yvette Rascon, assigned to the 173rd Fighter Wing, administers the COVID-19 vaccine during a mass vaccination clinic at the Oregon Convention Center, Portland, Ore., April 19, 2021. On April 6, President Joe Biden announced that all American adults would be eligible for a coronavirus vaccine by today’s date, as Oregon Guardsmen have now administered nearly 300,000 vaccinations since being activated. (National Guard photo by Master Sgt. John Hughel, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs) 

210419-Z-CH590-0194 - Oregon Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Ryan Kill, assigned to Headquarters-Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 116th Cavalry Regiment (left) and Oregon Air National Guard Capt. Daniel Vawter, assigned to the 142nd Wing CERFP (right) discuss the current operational status for the COVID-19 mass vaccination clinic at the Oregon Convention Center, Portland, Ore., April 19, 2021. On April 6, President Joe Biden announced that all American adults would be eligible for a coronavirus vaccine by today’s date, as Oregon Guardsmen have now administered nearly 300,000 vaccinations since being activated. (National Guard photo by Master Sgt. John Hughel, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs) 

210419-Z-CH590-0036 - An Oregon Army National Guard medic administers the COVID-19 vaccine at a mass vaccination clinic held at the Oregon Convention Center, Portland, Ore., April 19, 2021. On April 6, President Joe Biden announced that all American adults would be eligible for a coronavirus vaccine by today’s date, as Oregon Guardsmen have now administered nearly 300,000 vaccinations since being activated. (National Guard photo by Master Sgt. John Hughel, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs) 

Additional still photos:

https://www.dvidshub.net/image/6606918/oregon-national-guard-continues-support-covid-19-vaccinations-across-state

https://www.dvidshub.net/image/6499805/oregon-national-guard-assist-with-covid-19-vaccine-distribution

B-Roll: 

https://www.dvidshub.net/video/791410/oregon-national-guard-continues-support-covid-19-vaccinations-across-state

https://www.dvidshub.net/video/781417/oregon-national-guard-supports-lane-county-health-and-human-services-with-covid-19-vaccinations

 

Related Story:  https://www.dvidshub.net/news/390513/oregon-guardsmen-expand-covid-19-vaccinations-support-efforts-statewide

 

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