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Lane County plans mass vaccination clinics this weekend

The county is working to hit the 65% target to enter lower risk.

Posted: May 13, 2021 4:30 PM

EUGENE, Ore. – It’s a race to vaccinate in order to loosen up COVID-19 restrictions in Oregon.

Gov. Kate Brown announced this week that counties must reach a 65% vaccination rate in order to enter lower risk with looser rules.

Lane County Public Health spokesman Jason Davis said the county needs to vaccinate another 19,000 people in order to get to the target. So far, they have vaccinated 188,000 residents.

The county estimates reaching the goal in a few days thanks to the new eligibility group of 12 to 15-year-olds.

Davis said they typically see a steep curve in vaccinations when a new group becomes eligible. However, a plateau does follow. So they are going to continue to push those who have not had their shot yet to do so.

"It's more about those things that we need to feel like we're an actual community, a functioning community and we need that," said Davis. "That's important and we need that but we need to go beyond that. We need to get that 70 to 75% so we can actually achieve that health goal preventing large scale outbreaks in our community."

Davis estimates to get to that 70 to 75% goal, we would need to vaccinate about 44,000 more people.

Below are the mass vaccination clinics planned for this weekend:

  • Friday, May 14
    • Florence: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Pfizer)
    • Fairgrounds: 3p.m. to 7 p.m. (Johnson & Johnson)
    • Autzen: 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. (Pfizer)
  • Saturday, May 15
    • Fairgrounds: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Pfizer)
    • Autzen: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Pfizer)
  • Sunday, May 16
    • Fairgrounds: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Pfizer)
    • Autzen: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Pfizer)

Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are still recommended. To find out more about participating, CLICK HERE. 

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