100k doses of COVID-19 vaccine likely coming to Oregon

Public health officials say that the FDA is expected to approve the first coronavirus vaccine in the US. in as little as a week with shipments going out the next day.

Posted: Dec 3, 2020 8:24 PM
Updated: Dec 3, 2020 9:13 PM

LANE COUNTY, Ore. -- The Food and Drug Administration will likely approve the first coronavirus vaccine in the US. in as little as a week with shipments going out the next day, public health officials say.

Many say the vaccine feels like the light at the end of this tunnel of a year we have all been dealing with.

Pfizer is the first company to present the shot to the FDA. The Moderna vaccine is being discussed by the FDA Dec. 17.

If approved -- Oregon is set to receive 100,000 doses of the vaccine between the two companies, which Lane County senior public health officer Dr. Patrick Luedtke says will be administered at hospitals and select pharmacies.

But it won't be like the flu shot where anyone can get it. Priority is decided by local health officers and the first people to receive the vaccine in our state will be health care workers and high-risk people like those living in congregate care facilities such as assisted living homes.

Of course this vaccine comes with its fair share of misconceptions, which Luedtke began to clear. The first is if you get the vaccine will you get sick? 

"These first two vaccines -- the Pfizer and Moderna that will likely get FDA approval -- they are not living virus so you can't get sick, you can't get the infection," he said. 

As far as it's logistical plan -- where someone will go and how they'll get the clearance to receive the vaccine -- is still in talks.

Public health officials said that the Feds are pressing states to get a protocol figured out so people can begin getting vaccinated 24 to 48 hours after the FDA approves the vaccine.

While waiting for approval, these companies are already producing these vaccines in bulk to allow for quick dissemination.

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