ROSEBURG, Ore. – Slowly but surely, the COVID-19 vaccine is getting distributed in Douglas County.
According to the Oregon Health Authority, 867 people have been vaccinated with their first dose so far.
Public health officer Bob Dannenhoffer said they are doing everything they can to distribute the vaccine as quickly as possible. However, he said they are still searching for places in the county where people on the priority list can get the vaccine.
“Right now, we think there’s at least 10 different places where group 1a can get their vaccines,” he said. “We’re really working on that.”
Group 1a includes health care workers, first responders and retirement homes.
Dannenhoffer said Douglas Public Health Network may become one of those “central places.” He said they recently received 200 doses, which will be distributed to community health partners like Aviva Health.
“I think Douglas County has good plan, and we’ve already started on it,” he said.
A few of the first places to get the vaccine in the county was Mercy Medical Center and the Roseburg VA.
Officials with Mercy Medical Center said they’ve used 643 doses out the 975 they received three weeks ago. They said most of those people are due for their second shot next week.
Officials with the Roseburg VA said they were unable to say how many people they’ve vaccinated so far. However, executive assistant Shawn Tyson said the vaccination distribution has been smooth overall.
“The majority of our staff, and volunteers and inpatients have been excited and relieved to receive the vaccine,” said Tyson.
Dannenhoffer said they plan to finish group 1a by the end of the month or the beginning of February.