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.
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.