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Lane County booster clinic postponed due to delayed vaccine doses

Health officials said they are contacting anyone affected by the change to reschedule appointments for the following weekend.

Posted: Feb 18, 2021 12:35 PM
Updated: Feb 18, 2021 7:10 PM

LANE COUNTY, Ore -- Lane County is postponing a mass booster clinic that was scheduled to happen between Saturday and Tuesday.

This comes after winter weather at Moderna’s facility in Tennessee delayed shipments of thousands of vaccine doses that were scheduled to arrive in Oregon this week.

About 6,700 people were scheduled to receive their second shot at the clinic. Health officials said they are contacting anyone affected by the change to reschedule appointments for the following weekend.

Lane County Public Health still plans to give out more than 2,000 shots to people over the age of 75 and more than 500 educators at separate clinics this weekend.

Lane County has also been making steady progress vaccinating educators.

According to health officials, 99% of educators have been offered the first shot. Mainly coaches and referees still need their first doses.

Because it took about three weeks to give educators their first shots, it should take roughly three more to give out second shots, Lane County Public Health spokesman Jason Davis said.

"The people that are getting the vaccine are very happy about it," Lowell School District's Superintendent Johnie Matthews said. "It has been a very smooth process thanks to the help of the Springfield school district, Bethel School District, and 4J school district."

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