LANE COUNTY, Ore. — The first invite-only mass vaccination clinic began Saturday in Lane County.
The clinics are reserved for individuals in groups two and three of Phase 1A.
The goal is to administer nearly 1,700 doses this weekend.
Several agencies around the county donated extra doses to Lane County Public Health to be used for this weekend’s clinics.
Health officials at the clinic told KEZI 9 News you can expect a 50-60 percent reduction in risk after you get the first shot.
They said the second dose is essential at reaching 95 percent effectiveness.
On Saturday 600 doses of the Moderna vaccine were administered.
On Sunday, 975 doses of the Pfizer vaccine will be given out.
Springfield resident Wendy Hoyman is a Personal Support Worker and received her first dose Saturday.
“I don’t want to die,” Hoyman said. “I don’t want to pass it on if I accidentally pick it up and get my friends and family sick. I think everyone should get vaccinated. We need to get on top of this.”
There is a 15-30 minute waiting period once you get the shot so health officials can monitor for any possible reaction.
Eugene resident Dan Harris works in a high-risk field and also received his first dose. He said he appreciates the opportunity to get vaccinated.
“This is unbelievably well set-up, organized and very nice,” Harris said.
Dr. Patrick Luedtke with Lane County Public Health said the county plans to use up every dose they have.
"After tomorrow’s event, we will have nothing left," Luedtke said. "We will learn Monday what we will be resupplied with for the next week.”
Dr. Luedtke said he is hopeful about the launch of the mass vaccination clinics, especially as vaccines companies are about to release Phase 3 of trials. That could mean four vaccines will be on the market by the end of February.
Springfield resident Shirley Lightheart also weighed in.
“I feel that this is the beginning of taking care of this pandemic," Lightheart said. "I just hope that people follow through."
Everyone who received their first dose will have to wait 28 days before getting their second one.