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Federal government will start distributing vaccines to local pharmacies next week

There are plans to eventually distribute vaccines to 40,000 pharmacies across the United States.

Posted: Feb 11, 2021 12:25 AM
Updated: Feb 11, 2021 8:12 AM

EUGENE, Ore.-- Lane County Public Health said select pharmacies in the county will each be getting 100 doses of the COVD-19 vaccine next week from the federal government.

This week, the federal government promised 6,500 pharmacies across the country will get doses shipped directly to them. Jason Davis, a spokesman for public health, said these doses will not be counted in the overall number of vaccines allocated to Oregon counties by the Oregon Health Authority. He said he's thankful the federal government is stepping in to help, but there are some logistical challenges.

"It does present a challenge logistically because we need to keep accurate records of who's been vaccinated and who hasn't," Davis said. "Getting the shot in the arm of folks is one thing, then helping us understand where we're at in the vaccination process is another."

Davis said public health is working with pharmacies on using a centralized database to keep track of those who got the vaccine.

He said Health Mart's locations in Lane County will be getting shipments. Costco's pharmacy in Eugene will also be getting 100 doses.

Costco already has a website for members to sign up for their vaccine. The wholesale retailer will offer vaccinations at Eugene, Roseburg, and Albany locations.

Albertsons and Safeway are also expecting shipments to their pharmacies. But the two grocery stores are waiting until they receive a shipment before opening online registration. All 115 locations in Oregon will offer the vaccine.

Davis said the Lane County community should still pre-register for the vaccine to receive updates on when they're eligible. He also said that all pharmacies are following the state vaccination plan so the most vulnerable people can get vaccinated.

The federal government said there are plans to eventually distribute vaccines to 40,000 pharmacies across the United States.

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