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Teacher vaccination set to begin in Lane County

With a limited supply of the vaccine, public health officials say not all educators will get vaccinated this week.

Posted: Jan 28, 2021 7:14 PM

LANE COUNTY, Ore.--Health officials in Lane County said most K-12 public school teachers have already been contacted about when and where to get the COVID-19 vaccine. But only 1,700 doses have been allocated for the roughly 8,300 staff in Lane County’s school districts.

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“The hard truth is that many [Lane County educators] will not get the vaccine this week or potentially next week,” Jason Davis, a spokesman for the county, said. “We, the Lane County Public Health, are distributing the vaccine that we received directly from the state to the various school districts. And different school districts are embarking on that process in different ways."

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Some schools are choosing to partner with local pharmacies while others are designating a space on school property to distribute the vaccine. Some districts are also teaming up with healthcare providers to give out shots to educators.

Early childcare educators will receive an announcement next week on how they can get their vaccine. Davis said the county is working with community partners to ensure individuals of this group are contacted.

Charter school teachers will be contacted through the district they are chartered with.

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