KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — With shipments of coronavirus vaccine still trickling in, health officials in Klamath County say that they are beginning to schedule vaccinations for seniors 80 and older this weekend — a few days before Oregon's official eligibility opens on February 8.
Klamath County Public Health said that it distributed doses to several clinics throughout the County on Tuesday morning, earmarked for people age 80 or older.
Both public health officials and a spokesperson from Sky Lakes Medical Center underlined that these doses are extremely limited.
"Not everyone who wants a vaccine will receive one immediately," Klamath County said. "Please continue to be patient."
Sky Lakes said in a statement that it would be holding a special clinic for this group on Saturday, February 6, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the first floor of the Collaborative Health Center, at 2821 Dagget Avenue on the Sky Lakes campus. These doses are available by appointment only.
"We continue to schedule appointments for those in phases 1a and 1b for other dates and times, and will have additional dates available for seniors as vaccine is available," the healthcare provider said.
Klamath County Public Health said that it has made doses available by appointment at the Merrill Clinic and Bonanza Clinic. Klamath Open Door clinic will be contacting eligible patients directly for appointments.
Vaccine eligibility for the 80 and older population formally begins on February 8, with the 75 and older population following on Feb. 15. Public health officials estimate that there are 5,000 people in Klamath County aged 75 and older, and it will take several weeks to complete this group.
For eligible seniors to make an appointment at one of the listed locations, see details below:
Sky Lakes Medical Center
Call the COVID-19 Vaccine Call Center at 1-833-606-4370 to schedule (open Wednesday, February 3rd, from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. the rest of the week).
Call to schedule at (541) 798-5073.
Call to schedule at (541) 545-1820.