EUGENE, Ore. -- Demand for the COVID-19 vaccine is high, leaving some Oregonians who are now eligible to get the shot looking for ways to make sure they are on the list.
Those covered in Phase 1a of Oregon's vaccination plan largely received clear direction from the state on how to get vaccinated or got their shot through internal programs at their workplace or place of residence.
With Oregonians 65 and up now eligible for the vaccine, seniors are left to navigate various pathways to receiving the vaccine.
Here are the places you can look to make sure you are on track to getting a shot in Western Oregon:
Get your vaccination from the county:
- Lane County is holding its own vaccine clinics and working with healthcare partners to schedule appointments. The county is using an open appointment system after discontinuing its preregistration process. Now, eligible community members can schedule an appointment time directly on the county's website instead of waiting for an invitation.
- If you are sure that you are eligible for the vaccine, you can fill out Benton County's Vaccine Assessment Survey online. The county will email you with a scheduler link when doses and appointments become available.
- Coos County residents can fill out an online contact list. The county will call or email you with an opportunity to sign up for a vaccination event once you are eligible and appointments are available.
- Eligible Linn County residents can sign up directly for vaccination event appointments on the county's website. If appointments are unavailable, you can fill out a form to be put on a waitlist.
- Douglas Public Health Network has opted to partner with health care providers throughout the county, and seniors are asked to get their COVID-19 vaccine where they get their regular health care or flu vaccine. Visit your provider's website or contact them to learn about their procedure for vaccinating seniors. So far, 40 vaccine providers have signed up in the county. A list can be found here.
The county says there may be some mass vaccination events sponsored by different organizations targeted at specific groups that will be invitation and appointment only.
Get the shot from your health care provider:
Some health systems, hospitals and providers are waiting on limited doses of the vaccine for their patients, while others don't expect doses anytime soon. Many have adopted different procedures for making appointments with eligible Oregonians.
For example, Oregon Medical Group said that they will be reaching out to their primary care patients directly when doses are available and ask that you wait patiently and not call them about the vaccine. PeaceHealth said that they have used up their vaccine supply and aren't currently scheduling first doses.
Under the Biden administration's new Health Center COVID-19 Vaccine Program 250 federally qualified health centers across the country started ordering and receiving hundreds to thousands of doses of vaccine straight from the federal government each week. Currently, there are four in Oregon including the community health centers of Lane County which has about 36,000 patients between their 9 locations.
Those hoping to schedule an appointment for the shot should visit their primary care provider's website or contact them with questions to learn more.
Get vaccinated at a pharmacy:
The federal government is collaborating with some pharmacies in our area to vaccinate eligible residents through the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program. While available doses and appointments are currently limited, pharmacies expect their supply of the vaccine to increase in the future. In Oregon, you can make appointments at these pharmacies.
- Safeway and Albertsons: Use their online scheduler to check if there are any openings at a pharmacy in your area.
- Costco: You can look for available appointments at locations statewide on their website.
- Health Mart Independent Pharmacies: Register for a Health Mart pharmacy account online before scheduling your appointment with an online tool.
- Walmart, Walgreens and Fred Meyer all have information on how to schedule a COVID-19 vaccine at their pharmacies on their websites.
- Bi-Mart is offering vaccinations by appointment only and has a scheduling link on its website.