MEDFORD, Ore. — With Oregon's next eligibility date coming up on March 29, public health officials say that they are just over halfway through vaccinating Jackson County seniors.
As of March 1, all Oregon seniors 65 and older were eligible to receive the coronavirus vaccine. On Monday, Jackson County Public Health said in an update that 52 percent of this group had been vaccinated.
Last week, Governor Kate Brown announced a newly-accelerated vaccination timeline, culminating in all Oregonians 16 and older becoming eligible on May 1. Part of the new timeline was an option for counties to begin vaccinating parts of the next eligible group on March 22.
Jackson County did not indicate that it would pursue the March 22 option, saying that March 29 will remain the date that Phase 1B, Group 6 will become eligible. This group includes adults 45 and older with underlying health conditions, migrant workers, food processing workers, the homeless, and people displaced by wildfires, among others.
The option to accelerate eligibility on March 22 was open to counties that have "attested to largely completing the vaccination of residents 65 and older." According to the Oregon Health Authority, 13 counties have pursued this route — Baker, Benton, Deschutes, Grant, Jefferson, Lake, Lincoln, Malheur, Marion, Morrow, Polk, Umatilla and Union.
For Jackson County businesses, Monday's update brought positive news. After two weeks on a "caution" period brought on by case rates above the level required to stay on High Risk status, local public health officials reported that county cases dropped back below the required threshold. Between March 7 and March 20, the county had a case rate of 168.6 per 100,000 population. High Risk status requires case rates below 200 per 100,000.
Meanwhile, increasingly more sites are offering appointments to groups eligible to receive the vaccine. As of Monday, Jackson County listed the following sites:
- Community COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic: This is a high-throughput vaccination clinic supported by Asante, Providence, and Jackson County Public Health located in Medford. Anyone eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine per Oregon’s prioritization schedule can make an appointment at the Community COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic.
- Schedule an appointment: call 541-789-2813 and press option 2 for English and press option 3 for Spanish.
- La Clinica: If you are a patient of La Clinica, are uninsured, have no regular doctor, or speak primarily Spanish, you can call to schedule an appointment: 541-618-1300.
- Bi-Mart Pharmacy: Schedule an appointment by visiting https://www.bimart.com/pharmacy/covid-19-vaccine
- Fred Meyer Pharmacy: Schedule an appointment by filling out the COVID-19 Vaccine Appointment Scheduler or call 1-866-211-5320
- Safeway/Albertsons: Find out about vaccine availability and schedule an appointment by using the online registration tool at Safeway/Albertsons Pharmacy COVID-19 Vaccine Page
- Costco: Find out about vaccine availability and schedule an appointment by using the online registration tool at Costco COVID-19 Vaccine Page
- Health Mart Pharmacies: Find out about vaccine availability and schedule an appointment by using the online registration tool at Health Mart COVID-19 Vaccine Page
- Walmart: Find out about vaccine availability and schedule an appointment by using the online registration tool at https://www.walmart.com/cp/Immunizations-Flu-Shots/1228302
- West Main Pharmacy: Schedule an appointment by visiting https://www.westmaincovidshots.com/