Roseburg VA continues vaccination rollout

Hospital officials said they started vaccinating outpatients in early January, after nearly a month of distributing the shots to staff members and inpatients.

Posted: Feb 17, 2021 4:45 PM

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- Staff members at the Roseburg VA are hard at work getting veterans vaccinated as the rollout continues in Douglas County.

Hospital officials said they started vaccinating outpatients in early January after nearly a month of distributing the shots to staff members and inpatients.

“We took great strides to help our veterans understand the process by sending direct emails and by posting on both social media and our website,” said executive assistant Shawn Tyson.

He said more than 2,600 local veterans have received their first dose and 250 of them have already completed the entire series.

“This process has gone very smoothly so far,” he said.

Right now, the VA is running a COVID-19 vaccine clinic on their campus. Tyson said they went from running the clinic three days a week to five, due to the demand.

Despite the overall low vaccine supply in the state and county, staff said they are happy with their plan.

“There really is a sigh of relief for all the veterans that come in and finally get their shots all taken care of," said clinic volunteer Dave Thompson.

Tyson said there are evening and weekend appointments available.

Veterans can sign up on the Roseburg VA website.

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