LANE COUNTY, Ore. -- Lane County Public Health will be hosting an invitation-only mass vaccination clinic Saturday for eligible patients.
“We will be working directly with the professional organizations, brokerages and agencies who service the folks in groups two and three under Phase 1A,” Lane County Public Health spokesperson Jason Davis said.
This comes after the county received only 100 doses Monday.
With the assistance of Nova Health and EMS agencies, the county was able to secure enough doses to hold the clinic.
Dr. Marc Schnapper is the medical director for Nova Urgent Care.
“To be able to get more and more people through the system, it's going to require mass vaccination clinics,” Schnapper said. “It's going to be likely utilizing every resource we have with all our community partners. Right now, our understanding from the Nova side, was that we were going to be able to get enough vaccine to vaccinate our own team. Now, how do we get it to the next level?”
Lane County health officials said that Nova Urgent Care requested about 200 doses and received 800, so they were willing to give extras to the county.
“When we have enough vaccine, how do we make sure more people get vaccinated? Schnapper asked. “It really is going to take everyone participating for us to get back to some sort of normalcy. Our goal is to learn from our mistakes as we go forward with any potential rollouts, because it's not going to be without its hurdles.”
At the clinic, there will be about six nurses giving out vaccines, with one nurse supervising to watch for any reactions.
According to Davis, around 600 doses will be given out, with patients choosing between a drive-up option as well as tents for a hybrid model.
The county will be partnering with the University of Oregon to host the event.
“One of their specialties is large events,” Davis said. “They put them on routinely. They know how to flip the switch and make them happen in a short amount of time. We are working directly with the University of Oregon logistics to make this clinic happen.”
The location or time will not be announced publicly, because this is an invitation-only event.
“I think the piece we want to communicate to the public is that we’re trying to do the vaccine rollout in the most efficient and direct way,” Davis said.
Lane County Public Health said that when the state announces that Phase 1B is ready to open up, the county will be putting out an electronic registration form.
Right now, health officials said the focus is on advocating on behalf of Lane County to make sure the state understands their frustrations on such low numbers of doses.
Health officials said that 34,000 people in Phase 1A need to get vaccinated with 26,000 pf them being health care providers.
“If you look at the math, with roughly 7,300 individuals vaccinated -- we do have our work cut out for us and it is moving far slower than Lane County would like,” Davis said.