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.


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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: 190804

Reported Deaths: 2528
CountyCasesDeaths
Multnomah37830583
Washington25279229
Marion21739306
Clackamas17107209
Lane12799145
Jackson10716135
Deschutes866973
Umatilla814084
Linn479867
Yamhill441175
Klamath430861
Polk369952
Malheur349861
Josephine330268
Douglas322070
Benton302619
Jefferson216734
Coos204633
Columbia170526
Union144423
Lincoln137020
Wasco137028
Hood River117930
Morrow110015
Crook106520
Clatsop9738
Baker94614
Curry6459
Tillamook6363
Grant5065
Lake4447
Harney3378
Wallowa1825
Gilliam621
Sherman581
Wheeler281
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California Coronavirus Cases

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Cases: 3757115

Reported Deaths: 62280
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles123542224008
Riverside2990644587
San Bernardino2965144697
San Diego2777593725
Orange2707055005
Santa Clara1188512085
Kern1089931373
Sacramento1041761672
Fresno1016251684
Alameda875851545
Ventura808421011
San Joaquin730091391
Contra Costa68503804
Stanislaus619161055
Tulare49554839
Monterey43563382
San Mateo41844568
San Francisco36616543
Santa Barbara34306453
Solano32752249
Merced31743458
Sonoma29975318
Imperial28352721
Kings22965246
Placer22550290
San Luis Obispo21282260
Madera16439242
Santa Cruz16188206
Marin14034228
Yolo13875209
Shasta12071226
Butte11943199
El Dorado10111112
Napa984981
Sutter9411111
Yuba622146
San Benito604863
Lassen569824
Tehama555358
Nevada470775
Tuolumne412364
Mendocino406149
Humboldt393539
Amador365147
Lake346743
Glenn238125
Colusa223016
Siskiyou218123
Calaveras212153
Inyo142638
Del Norte13678
Mono12804
Plumas7066
Modoc4954
Mariposa4457
Trinity3995
Sierra1120
Alpine880
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