LANE COUNTY, Ore. -- Lane County community members seeking a COVID-19 vaccine will soon no longer be sent an email alerting them that they are eligible.
“It's going to really fill up our clinics pretty fast we anticipate, especially with the new eligible group,” Lane County Public Health spokesman Jason Davis said. “What it will do is minimize confusion and minimize people waiting around.”
Davis said the reason for the shift is because the county expects to receive plenty of doses to give out in this way.
“With the former system, we actually on a weekly basis never had enough vaccine to go around,” Davis said.
The pre-registration system will continue to be used, but it will no longer be a requirement for people to secure their spot.
This applies to all of Lane County Public Health’s vaccinating partners. This change does not apply to those in the county’s Federal Pharmacy Program.
Beginning Tuesday, Lane County Public Health partners will begin vaccinating individuals in Group 6.
Here’s who is included in Group 6:
• Adults ages 45 to 64 with one or more underlying condition with increased risk
• Migrant and seasonal farm workers
• Seafood and agricultural workers
• Food processing workers
• People living in low-income, senior congregate and independent living facilities
• Sheltered and unsheltered individuals experiencing houselessness
• People displaced by wildfires
• Wildland firefighters
• Pregnant women 16 and older
Davis said now that the majority of the senior population, 1A and educators have received their vaccines -- the county is ready to switch to a method that allows people to sign up for their appointment when they are ready.
This follows an announcement from Gov. Kate Brown of a new, accelerated vaccination timeline in keeping with President Joe Biden’s pledge that all Americans 16 and older will be eligible by May 1.
Community members are still encouraged to sign up for the county’s newsletter to receive more information.