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Vaccinations underway for seniors 80+ in Lane County

Next up after residents 65+ become eligible are people with pre-existing health conditions.

Posted: Feb 9, 2021 12:02 PM
Updated: Feb 9, 2021 7:50 PM

LANE COUNTY, Ore. -- Lane County Public Health will be receiving 3,200 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine this week.

Here’s the breakdown: 800 will go to K-12 public schools, 30 to private schools, 400 to Phase 1A and 2,000 to the 80+ population.

The county was able to gather 5,500 doses within the community to vaccinate the 80 and older population in the coming days and weeks.

A mass vaccination clinic is set for Sunday for those over the age of 80. This is invite-only, and 1,500 people will be given their first dose there.

Plus, 2000 doses were sent to providers in the community to begin vaccinating the 80+ population. 

Kitty Paxson falls within the 80+ population and received her first dose Tuesday through her senior living community. She said she felt honored to get vaccinated.

“I’m happy to help with the herd immunity,” Eugene resident Kitty Paxson said. “I miss my great granddaughter very much and want to be able to see her again. This is going to help me do that.”

Her daughter-in-law, Springfield resident Debbie Cowan, weighed in.

“It's very exciting,” Cowan said. “We're going to be able to be a little more safer and feel a little more secure being able to see each other. I personally just got vaccinated through the school district, as well, a few days ago. It’s kind of a double whammy for us.”

Seniors who have preregistered for the vaccine on the Lane County website or through the COVID-19 call center will be given a call to schedule an appointment.

For those without Internet access, the county said there is an autotext option you can utilize for updates, as well as the phone service offered by the county.

Lane County Public Health officials said there are 15,000 people over the age 80 in Lane County, and 6,000 have pre-registered.

So, who’s next in line for the vaccine after those 65 and up? Lane County Public Health officials broke that down Tuesday, after they received recommendations from the State.

First, doses are reserved for those with pre-existing health conditions, then essential workers, those in low-income housing and then those in multi-generational housing.

There are 14,000 individuals in Phase 1A left to be vaccinated. In Phase 1B, Group 1 -- educators -- roughly half have received their first dose.

RELATED: LANE COUNTY SCHOOLS HALFWAY THROUGH FIRST ROUND OF VACCINATIONS

A booster clinic is scheduled for Saturday. This is for individuals who have already received their first dose through the county, and you will receive a letter in the mail with instructions.

CLICK HERE to sign up for updates.

CLICK HERE to pre-register.

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