Omicron impacting vaccinated & unvaccinated alike

MEDFORD, Ore. —Across Rogue Valley hospitals, Covid-19 cases are still on the rise. Health officials say it’s no surprise that vaccinated people are getting Omicron. It just shows how contagious the variant is. Jackson County Health Officer, Dr. Leona O’Keefe says, it’s due to a lot of factors.

Public health says Omicron is spreading more quickly and infecting more people than any variant we’ve seen. That combined with the way our immune system works, the initial protection from the vaccine is good against any infection, but long term, that protection weens. That’s why O’Keefe says the booster is so important.

“All of these things are coming together to mean there are more infections across the board which is not surprising, even if you’re vaccinated this is the way it works with vaccines,” said O’Keefe.

O’Keefe says vaccinated people in the hospital with Covid, tend to be older with underlying health conditions.

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Jenna King is the 6pm anchor and our Feature Reporter at 10pm and 11pm for NBC5 News. Jenna is a Burbank, CA native. She graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Sports Business. During her time at Oregon she was part of the student-run television station, Duck TV. She also grew her passion for sports through her internship with the PAC 12 Network. When Jenna is not in the newsroom you can find her rooting for her hometown Dodgers, exploring the outdoors or binging on the latest Netflix release.
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