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Jackson County Public Health moves COVID-19 vaccinations back to downtown Medford

COVID-19 vaccinations administered by Jackson County Public Health officials will move Tuesday from the Expo back to the county’s Health & Human Services building, according to a news release.

Ongoing vaccination operations for the county had been conducted at the Expo since April.

The drive-thru offering closed earlier this month. Called the Jackson County Vaccination Equity Center, it ran for eight weeks and a joint effort among multiple federal, state and county agencies. The walk-in clinic’s Expo location continued to remain in operation through Monday.

New hours at the Health & Human services building , at 140 S. Holly St., Medford, are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. The office is closed noon to 1 p.m. during the lunch hour. County public health officials offer Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines.

The move comes just before Oregon’s COVID-19 restrictions lift. Oregon Gov. Kate Brown previously announced the state’s “reopening” last week, regardless of whether the previous benchmark of 70% of the state’s 18-and-older population receiving at least one dose of vaccine.

As of Monday, Oregon Health Authority data showed the state was close to that goal, with 69.4% receiving at least one dose of vaccine.

There were 2,144,591 Oregonians who had completed their vaccine series Monday, with 236,306 others who had received one shot in a two-dose regimen, data showed. An individual is considered “fully vaccinated” against COVID-19 14 days after receiving their final dose.

In Jackson County, 90,287 residents had completed their vaccine series, while 9,044 others had received one of two doses. In Josephine County, 31,380 residents had completed their series, while 3,004 others had received one of two doses.

The OHA reported 160 Oregonians hospitalized with the illness Monday, 17 more than Sunday, with 39 patients in intensive care unit beds, one more than Sunday, according to a news release.

There were 16 COVID-19 patients hospitalized in Jackson and Josephine counties, two more than Sunday.

OHA also reported 87 new cases of the illness statewide, raising the cumulative caseload to 208,222. The agency reported no new deaths, the statewide death toll staying at 2,763.