Who is eligible to pre-register for the COVID-19 vaccine?

OHA's new chat box feature along with Lane County's website crash caused a lot of confusion today.

Posted: Feb 5, 2021 6:33 PM

LANE COUNTY, Ore. -- Lane County Government’s website was down after they made their vaccine pre-registration form available to everyone. 

“It’s actually because of a malfunction from our vendor, Civic Live, who handles many different sites. The timing is just very unfortunate,” Lane County spokesperson Jason Davis said.

But the pre-registration link is still working. It can be found HERE.

Davis encourages everyone to sign up for the vaccine, even if they are not eligible. He said there are “logistical challenges” that make it difficult to contact individuals when it is their turn so it is important to have a database.

But he said individuals must give accurate information.

“It is incredibly important that our community members take the time in answering the questions,” Davis said. “People make the assumption that it is a first come, first serve basis but that’s not true. There is no need to rush to fill out the form.”

KEZI also spoke with Jonathan Modie, a spokesperson for Oregon Health Authority.

Modie gave information on the new chat box feature on OHA’s website.

Currently, only those who are eligible and live in Multnomah, Marion, Clackamas, Washington and Columbia counties can register for the vaccine using the chat box feature on OHA’s site.

Those who live in other counties in Oregon will be redirected to their county public health site.

Elders who are 80 years and older become eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine on February 8th. They will not be able to book an appointment until then.

“Vaccines are scarce. In coming weeks, we know there will be more seniors who want to get vaccinated than there will be vaccines available to them,” Modie said.

OHA will also be releasing another tool to help individuals determine their vaccine eligibility. The link, which is not live yet, can be seen HERE.

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