Lane County health officials, hospital leaders to expand vaccination efforts

The county has plans in place for mass vaccination efforts in the future, such as drive-thru events where community members can quickly and efficiently receive their first dose.

Posted: Jan 5, 2021 6:04 PM

LANE COUNTY, Ore.-- Governor Kate Brown announced Monday a goal to ramp up COVID-19 vaccinations to 12,000 shots per day, challenging OHA to meet this standard in a two-week span.

Many are wondering when their turn will come.

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“Governor Brown set a standard that is quite high,” Lane County Public Health spokesperson Jason Davis said. “In order to achieve that we’re going to need a multi-faceted hybrid model where we have vaccinations happening at several different levels.”

The county has plans in place for mass vaccination efforts in the future, such as drive-thru events where community members can quickly and efficiently receive their first dose.

Davis also said that Public Health could step in with mobile health units in Phase 1B, as well as closed site vaccination events. Lane County Public Health has not received COVID-19 vaccines yet, but they are working hand-in-hand with State leaders. They said they will be prepared when the time comes.

Dr. James McGovern is the Vice President of Medical Affairs for PeaceHealth. He said they are more than halfway through vaccinating their employees.

“I think the vaccines are not getting out as fast as we would like,” McGovern said. “We'd love to have everybody vaccinated tomorrow. We're certainly working hard, but they are here. They are going into arms, and people are getting vaccinated.”

McGovern hopes that by summer a significant portion of the community will be vaccinated. So far, they’ve been able to process 500 individuals per day.

“We built an engine that runs pretty well,” McGovern said. We just need the gas -- the vaccine to kind of keep it going. We've been getting a steady enough supply to keep up with our current demand.”

Davis said that around 4,300 people have been vaccinated in Lane County, but that number is likely higher due to contracts some pharmacies hold.

“We are at the end of the line when it comes to the vaccine distribution,” Davis said. “It starts off with our federal partners, goes to the State and the State has been working with counties. You can rest assured that Lane County will be ready for action as soon as we have the vaccine available in large doses for the general public.”

Vaccination Phase 1A guidance can be found here.

Lane County is stil under the Extreme Risk Level for COVID-19. For more information, CLICK HERE.

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