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Jackson County reports 68 new COVID-19 cases

State: Dentists have highest vaccination rate

Jackson County recorded 68 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday and two more COVID-19-related deaths.

Statewide, the Oregon Health Authority logged 1,120 new COVID-19 cases and 35 more COVID-19-related deaths.

Information about those who died, including their counties of residence and ages, wasn’t immediately available.

OHA released new information about how COVID-19 vaccination rates vary widely among health care workers. The data were current as of Nov. 1.

Dentists had the highest vaccination rate, with 99% having received at least one COVID-19 shot.

Chiropractic assistants had the lowest vaccination rate at 60%.

In comparison, the vaccination rate for all Oregonians 18 and older was 77%. Health care workers across Oregon had an average vaccination rate of 83%. Health care workers in Jackson County had a vaccination rate of 80%.

In general, the more medical training and education health care workers have, the more likely they were to be vaccinated. Older health care workers were also more likely to get vaccinated, according to the OHA data.

Psychologists had the second-highest vaccination rate at 95%, followed by medical doctors at 94%.

Other professions with vaccination rates of at least 90% were physician assistants, osteopathic doctors, physical therapists and licensed social workers.

Health care workers with vaccination rates ranging from 80%-89% were nurse practitioners, registered nurses, nurse-anesthetists, paramedics, acupuncturists, dental hygienists, pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants, respiratory therapists, physical therapy assistants and licensed dietitians.

Health care workers with vaccination rates ranging from 70%-79% were certified nursing assistants, licensed practical nurses, emergency medical technicians, emergency medical responders, naturopathic physicians, certified traditional health workers and licensed massage therapists.

Chiropractors, who are not medical doctors, had a 62% vaccination rate, and chiropractic assistants had a 60% rate.

OHA said not all of the different types of health care workers listed in the data are subject to Gov. Kate Brown’s mandate that health care and K-12 school workers get vaccinated or get a religious or medical exemption by Oct. 18.

Whether a health care worker falls under the vaccination mandate can vary among license boards and types based on various circumstances or factors, OHA said.

Reach Mail Tribune reporter Vickie Aldous at 541-776-4486 or valdous@rosebudmedia.com. Follow her on Twitter @VickieAldous.