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Douglas County optimistic about COVID vaccine, but has no plan

Public health officer Bob Dannenhoffer said they expect their first shipment of the vaccine in the next few weeks, but he said they’re still unsure when, where or who it will be sent to in Douglas County.

Posted: Dec 8, 2020 6:26 PM
Updated: Dec 8, 2020 6:26 PM

ROSEBURG, Ore.--Covid cases continue to climb in Douglas County, but public health officials say they are feeling optimistic with the vaccine right on the horizon.

The problem is, they have no idea how it's going to be distributed.

Bob Dannenhoffer, public health officer, said he expects the first shipment of the vaccine in the next few weeks. But, he said, they’re still unsure when, where or to whom it will be sent. When it does come, Dannenhoffer said, he has full confidence Douglas County will be prepared to distribute it quickly and effectively based on the work they’ve done in the past.

“We have a long history of the flu clinics, a long history of the drive through Covid clinics; we’ve done the drive through flu clinic,” he said. “I think we’ll be great.”

Dannenhoffer said they may consider distributing the vaccine drive through style, as well as making it available through the hospitals and medical clinics.

Last week, Douglas County surpassed 1,000 cases. Dannenhoffer said more than 60 percent of those cases were reported in November alone.

“That unfortunately is a sad benchmark to pass,” he said. “This big uptick in cases in November is saddening and a bit worrisome.”

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