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UO, OSU and high schools helping students get COVID-19 vaccine

All Oregonians 16 and up became eligible for the vaccine on Monday.

Posted: Apr 19, 2021 6:48 PM
Updated: Apr 19, 2021 7:05 PM

LANE COUNTY, Ore. -- School districts and universities in Lane County are preparing to vaccinate the newly-eligible population: all Oregonians 16 years and older.

Among those who are eligible are college students.

The University of Oregon said they have been partnering with local agencies to provide access to vaccines to their staff and students. Vaccination clinics on campus will be held on April 21 and are now full.

UO students said they are excited to get their shots.

"I'm actually an out-of-state student and I have to go on flights every time I go home," said UO freshman Elizabeth Yost. "It was really stressful without being vaccinated so I'm really looking forward to having that extra security."

UO freshman Sophie Style also weighed in.

"I'm getting my first dose on Wednesday," said Style. "I think it's definitely important that younger people get the vaccine because we're going to be in college. We're all being so close to each other, so I think it's a safety procedure."

Oregon State University said they will continue their vaccination efforts through weekly clinics at Reser Stadium.

High school students who are at least 16 years old can also look forward to getting their shots.

Bethel School District has planned three vaccination clinics at Willamette High School from April 27 through April 29. Any eligible Bethel student can sign up HERE.

Meanwhile, Eugene School District 4J is partnering with Cascade Health to hold a clinic on April 20 at Venue 252 for their students.

Students at Sheldon High School reacted to the news.

"I'm actually really excited for that because my entire football season, we had to wear masks and it was very regulated," said Sheldon High junior Liam Jostmeyer. "I hope in the future getting a vaccine will help out with that."

Senior Gus Bock also weighed in.

"I really want all high schoolers to get vaccinated because I'm really not a fan of the hybrid system right now," said Bock.

A spokesperson at 4J said planning is underway for more 4J student clinics and families will be notified when details are set.

KEZI also reached out to Springfield Public Schools, but they said nothing is planned yet for their students.

If appointments are not available through campus clinics, Lane County Public Health suggests talking to a provider or calling a local pharmacy to see when the next available appointments are.

A spokesperson at Lane County Public Health said that while appointment availibility is tight right now, everyone who is now eligible to get a vaccine should be able to get their first dose within two to three weeks.

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