Lane County falls short of vaccination goals despite lottery incentive

Nearly 8,000 people still need to receive a first dose in order for the county to move to lower risk.

Posted: May 24, 2021 5:13 PM
Updated: May 25, 2021 9:59 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Lane County fell short of its COVID-19 vaccination goals over the weekend.

Spokesman Jason Davis said roughly 2,000 people received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at their recent mass vaccination clinics. This is short of the 3,000 goal the county was aiming to reach. 

Right now, about 63% of Lane County residents 16 and older have received at least one dose of a vaccine, Davis said. The county needs to hit 65% in order to qualify for a downgrade in risk level and in COVID-19 restrictions.

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"This has been a long haul. We are all tired of it and lonely and broke and that we're getting close is really exciting," Eugene city councilor Emily Semple said. "That we've already been able to go out and do more things together is a real incentive."

Moving forward, a total of 7,824 people 16 and older need to get their first dose before the county can move down to lower risk.

Davis said the state’s latest incentive, the chance to win a million dollars, did not boost attendance at the county’s mass vaccination events.

"I personally believe that the people who have found it important to be vaccinated probably already took that opportunity," Coburg resident Shannon Hay said. "Maybe the people that you know have been wavering or are not quite sure, maybe it's giving them that little extra push."

KEZI also spoke with Andrea Gilroy who owns Books With Pictures in Eugene. 

"I don't think there's any problem with it," Gilroy said. "It certainly didn't motivate me to get the vaccine, but if it's going to bring people who are on the fence off the fence, I think there's no problem with it at all."

Gilroy said she's looking forward to moving back into the lower risk category so she can start thinking about having more people in her store and holding events.

Davis also said LCPH has been giving out a significant number of doses to children between the ages of 12 and 15 who do not count towards the county's push to get to 65%. He also said the county is now catching up on boost doses for people who received their first shot several weeks ago.

Mass vaccination clinics will be held from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. every day for the remainder of the week at Autzen Stadium. For a full list of upcoming clinics in KEZI's viewing area, click here.

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