SEVERE WX : Wind Advisory View Alerts

Oregon opens COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to everyone 16 and older

Monday marks a significant milestone in the fight against coronavirus — everyone 16 and older in the state of Oregon is now eligible to receive a vaccine.

Posted: Apr 19, 2021 10:26 AM
Updated: Apr 19, 2021 5:39 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. — Monday marks a significant milestone in the fight against coronavirus — everyone 16 and older in the state of Oregon is now eligible to receive a vaccine. The change comes as Jackson County prepares to majorly expand its ability to administer vaccine doses on a daily basis.

While eligibility is now open to people 16 and older, the specific vaccine matters. Only the Pfizer vaccine currently has emergency use approval from the FDA to serve people 16 or 17 years old, while Moderna is approved for people 18 and older. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine remained suspended on Monday at the recommendation of federal authorities after several cases of a rare blood clot.

While appointments to receive the vaccine are likely to be scarce at the outset due to Monday's expansion of eligibility, Jackson County in particular is poised to vaccinate people at an unprecedented rate over the next several weeks.

Jackson County was selected by FEMA to be the site of a pilot Community Vaccination Center, one that will join federal and state resources with public health efforts already underway at the Expo.

Currently, Jackson County Public Health is operating a walk-through vaccination site at the Expo with the Moderna vaccine. Beginning Wednesday, a drive-through Pfizer site will open up. Officials have estimated that the drive-through site, backed by a federal supply of vaccine, will allow the county to administer 1,000 more doses each day.


RELATED: Oregon seeing surge of COVID-19 cases as it near major expansion of vaccine eligibility


In both cases, vaccinations are free of charge. There is no requirement for photo ID, proof of residency, or insurance coverage. There are also language accommodations for non-English speakers, including ASL and Spanish.

To schedule a vaccine appointment at either the Moderna walk-through clinic or the coming Pfizer drive-through clinic, visit the Jackson County Public Health page here. In either case, appointments are required at this time.

The Expo is located at 1 Peninger Rd, Central Point, just off freeway Exit 33. Enter through Gate 5 for the drive-through Pfizer clinic, or enter through Gate 2 for the walk-through Moderna clinic.

In Josephine County, appointments can be made by calling the vaccine hub at (541) 916-7030 or by visiting the county vaccine page here. In Klamath County, Sky Lakes continues to offer regular vaccine clinic days, best accessed at the healthcare provider's website or by calling their scheduler at 833-606-4370.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 348766

Reported Deaths: 4161
CountyCasesDeaths
Multnomah54797689
Washington37988313
Marion36055444
Clackamas29094304
Lane26966298
Jackson22632300
Deschutes19577123
Umatilla14241144
Linn12380120
Douglas11795240
Josephine9233195
Yamhill8517110
Klamath7709110
Polk715380
Malheur551574
Benton529130
Coos489691
Columbia371343
Jefferson361450
Union313146
Lincoln310638
Wasco281540
Crook274745
Clatsop239529
Baker198028
Tillamook193328
Hood River188337
Morrow181623
Curry178122
Harney108424
Grant97612
Lake89011
Wallowa67012
Gilliam1484
Sherman1463
Wheeler991
Unassigned00

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 4810682

Reported Deaths: 70604
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles147569426398
Riverside3693444990
San Diego3641044163
San Bernardino3563155566
Orange3227415518
Sacramento1576212279
Santa Clara1445181890
Kern1441461605
Fresno1441232051
Alameda1198871374
San Joaquin1018071708
Ventura1005241164
Contra Costa99234982
Stanislaus851571315
Tulare78945951
San Francisco54031645
San Mateo53828622
Monterey50696582
Solano45761334
Santa Barbara44836521
Merced41781577
Sonoma40711402
Placer38902415
Imperial35642764
Kings32369314
San Luis Obispo29653329
Madera23518281
Butte23364260
Shasta23360334
Santa Cruz20861218
Yolo20147247
Marin17581243
El Dorado16960149
Sutter13775169
Napa12808100
Yuba994282
Tehama9298104
Humboldt9102108
Nevada903990
Mendocino752786
Lassen746346
San Benito737372
Tuolumne673993
Lake6506104
Amador537264
Siskiyou442742
Glenn430330
Calaveras381780
Del Norte356141
Colusa301718
Inyo196739
Mono16445
Plumas15756
Mariposa127315
Trinity86011
Modoc6698
Unassigned1860
Sierra1760
Alpine1020
Out of CA00
Medford
Clear
43° wxIcon
Hi: 65° Lo: 38°
Feels Like: 43°
Brookings
Partly Cloudy
47° wxIcon
Hi: 50° Lo: 42°
Feels Like: 47°
Crater Lake
Partly Cloudy
43° wxIcon
Hi: 49° Lo: 31°
Feels Like: 43°
Grants Pass
Partly Cloudy
43° wxIcon
Hi: 61° Lo: 34°
Feels Like: 43°
Klamath Falls
Partly Cloudy
53° wxIcon
Hi: 57° Lo: 34°
Feels Like: 53°
Rain and mountain snow expected Sunday
KDRV Radar
KDRV Fire Danger
KDRV Weather Cam

Community Events