EUGENE, Ore. -- COVID-19 booster shots are available in Lane County for those who qualify.
After the shots were fully approved by the FDA, CDC and Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup, Lane County Public Health made plans to make these doses available.
On Tuesday, the county held the first day of clinics focused on getting booster shots in the arms of eligible residents for Moderna and Johnson & Johnson booster doses. Public Health was already offering Pfizer booster doses. People seeking primary vaccination are also welcome.
With it being the first day with more shots available, there were longer than expected wait times; nearly 800 people came to Lane Events Center for a shot.
Lane County Public Health spokeswoman Anne Marie Levis said things are a lot more complex than people might think.
"Obviously there's a lot more complexity with three different shots, and we have a lot of people that signed up ahead of time for appointments but we also have a lot of walk ins, so it's very complex but it's going really well," said Levis.
KEZI 9 News also spoke with people who waited in line to get their shots today. Marla Pagter is a Coburg resident, and she said she isn't worried about these long wait times.
"They've moved them through pretty fast. It didn't seem like an agonizing situation," said Pagter.
Lisa Chambliss, an infectious disease nurse with LCPH, is spearheading the vaccine process at the Lane Events Center. She shared advice about the longer wait times.
"Lane County Public Health encourages people to sign up for an appointment so we can help anticipate what the demand looks like for that day, but don't be discouraged by the long lines," she said. "We are able to effectively move people through the clinic and just really excited to be able to get everybody their booster doses."
Chambliss and other health officials said appointments are preferred to help with a smooth process. But you can also walk in during the clinic times. There is also a drive-thru option available, which also accepts walk-ins.
To find out more about who is eligible, how to make an appointment and where you can get your shot in the coming weeks, you can go to the Lane County Public Health website.
Here’s who can get the shot:
- The use of a single booster dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine may be administered at least six months after completion of the primary series to individuals:
- 65 years of age and older
- 18 through 64 years of age at high risk of severe COVID-19
- 18 through 64 years of age with frequent institutional or occupational exposure to SARS-CoV-2
- The use of a single booster dose of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine may be administered at least two months after completion of the single-dose primary regimen to individuals 18 years of age and older.
- The use of each of the available COVID-19 vaccines as a heterologous (or “mix and match”) booster dose may be administered to individuals following completion of primary vaccination with a different available COVID-19 vaccine.
- A single booster dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine may be administered at least six months after completion of the primary series to individuals:
- 65 years of age and older
- 18 years of age and older with an underlying medical condition
- 18 through 64 years of age with frequent institutional or occupational exposure to SARS-CoV-2.
Here’s where you can get a booster shot through Lane County Public Health:
- Lane Events Center
- Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m
- Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m
- Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Bob Keefer Center
- Tuesday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
- North Eugene High School
- Wednesday from 4 p.m to 6 p.m.
- Cascades Middle School
- Thursday from 4 p.m to 6 p.m.
- Willamette High School
- Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
- Siuslaw Middle School
- Saturday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.