LANE COUNTY, Ore. --- 1,500 seniors over 80 years old received a COVID-19 vaccine during a mass vaccination clinic in Lane County Sunday. That is roughly 27% of eligible seniors in the county.
The invite only event was put on by Lane County Public Health and those in attendance were contacted by health officials about one week before the clinic.
Several seniors KEZI 9 News spoke with said they're thrilled it is finally their turn to roll up their sleeves.
"I'm in the upper end of the age range and qualified and was really looking forward to having the opportunity. I'm pleased that it's the two dose one, I think I feel more comfortable with that one," Lane County resident Betty-Coe Debroekert said.
Others said the clinic went smoothly and they're pleased with the way health officials are organizing vaccinations.
"I think it's well done and the people are doing a great job. I couldn't see it any better than the way it's being done," Lane County resident Bob Egger said.
Public health said they are planning on setting up an additional mass vaccination site in the coming weeks. This will allow them to give about 2,000 more shots every day both clinics are running.
As always, this is dependent on the supply they receive.
On Monday, seniors 75 and older will become eligible to get the vaccine.
Pharmacies in Oregon are also gearing up to start giving out vaccines as part of the federal retail pharmacy program.