Eugene, Albany mayors meet with Gov. Brown to talk vaccines

Eugene mayor and Albany mayor spoke with KEZI on their thoughts.

Posted: Feb 9, 2021 6:40 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Eugene Mayor Lucy Vinis and Albany Mayor Alex Johnson II are sharing more details after a meeting with Gov. Kate Brown on Monday.

They both said vaccine distribution was the main topic of the discussion.

"Everyone is interested in the pace and the rollout of the vaccine. So that was the general conversation," Vinis said.

Johnson said he received vaccine information for seniors over the age of 80. They became eligible on Monday.

"She did offer vaccinations for 80 year olds and registration information opening up for them," Johnson said. "There was a schedule that she sent and I sent that email to my city staff."

Johnson said he agrees with the governor's tiered approach to the COVID-19 pandemic but blames the previous presidential administration for the delay in vaccine rollout.

"I think the previous administration hindered a more effective rollout of the vaccines," Johnson said.

Vinis said she also asked Brown about when the homeless population would get their vaccines.  

"I asked her a specific question about reaching out to our homeless population," Vinis said. "She said they are next in line after our incarcerated people."

Vinis said currently a veteran's medical clinic on River Road is treating unsheltered individuals who have contracted COVID-19 but the clinics have been full.

In terms of Brown's decisions, Vinis agrees with her and said she wouldn't do anything differently.

"She is following the science. She is following national recommendations. I wouldn't second-guess anything," Vinis said.

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