LANE COUNTY, Ore -- As more people become eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine and more vaccine doses become available in Lane County, public health officials are planning to create more locations where residents can get their shots.
Alongside the two drive-thru mass vaccination sites that have been operating on the weekends, there will be additional locations coming in Springfield, Eugene, Cottage Grove and Florence, according to health officials. This is possible because of a partnership between Lane County Public Health and PeaceHealth.
On Wednesday, health officials plan to host a clinic in Florence where they expect to give out roughly 1,000 shots to eligible seniors, which now includes Oregonians 65 and older. The clinic is part of an effort to make vaccines more accessible across the county, Lane County Pubic Health said.
Creswell resident Linda Robinett said she is looking forward to the new vaccination location opening in Cottage Grove which is closer to her home than the current sites in Eugene.
"I'm happy it's down here," Robinett said. "I know they probably do it in Creswell, but my doctor's down here in Cottage Grove so I come down here. I'm down here every day."
Cottage Grove resident Susan Fabing said she scheduled an appointment to receive her first vaccine dose at a local pharmacy this week.
"It means a lot because then we dont have to travel. We don't have to go to Eugene," Fabing said. "We like to do a lot of things here at home and so we do as much as we possibly can here."
Monday, health officials focused on giving booster shots to people in Phase 1A.
Over the weekend, Lane County Public Health hosted two simultaneous mass vaccinations clinics on both Saturday and Sunday where they administered about 1,500 doses at each clinic both days.
According to state health officials, Oregon is expected to receive a shipment of 25,000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccines in the coming days.
Unlike the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines that are already available in Oregon, the Johnson & Johnson vaccine only requires one dose and can be refrigerated at normal temperatures.