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Oregonians 70 and older become eligible for COVID-19 vaccine after week of supply chain struggles

Oregon's plan to make increasingly more seniors eligible for the vaccine throughout February keeps rolling forward, despite an overall supply shortage and shipments delayed by severe weather across the county.

Posted: Feb 22, 2021 11:05 AM
Updated: Feb 22, 2021 6:36 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. — Oregon's plan to make increasingly more seniors eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine throughout February keeps rolling forward, despite an overall supply shortage and shipments delayed by severe weather across the county.

Monday marks the date that seniors 70 and older become eligible, with the full populated of people 65 and older set to become eligible on March 1.

Throughout last week, winter storms in northwest Oregon and throughout the country delayed shipments of the vaccine — another wrinkle for the already limited supply of doses in the U.S.

Jackson County Public Health reiterated on Monday that there are more seniors who want the vaccine than there will be doses available "in the coming weeks," so eligibility will not necessarily translate to an available appointment.

"Jackson County Public Health and our healthcare partners are encouraged by the number of people wanting to be vaccinated, and we are all eager to provide the vaccine," the agency said. "We appreciate the community's patience; we are all doing the best we can – as fast as we can – with the available resources we have."

Klamath County was able to hold some preliminary vaccinations for seniors over the weekend, although there are no doubt many seniors 70 and older in the area who are still seeking their first doses. According to Klamath County Public Health, there are an estimated 10,222 people aged 70 or older in the county.

"It will be weeks, perhaps months, before everyone who would like to be vaccinated will have access to vaccine," the agency said. "Please be patient. There is not a registry for those who would like to be vaccinated. Individuals must contact the vaccine provider for an appointment and available vaccine."

There are not currently any more mass vaccination clinics planned in southern Oregon counties, though that will likely change in the weeks ahead.

If you are located in Jackson County and are eligible for the vaccine, Jackson County Public Health has provided the following avenues for seeking an appointment:

  • Asante: Schedule an appointment by calling 541-789-2813 and press option #2.
  • Providence: If you are a patient of the Providence Healthcare System, to schedule an appointment call 541-789-2813 and press option #2.
  • 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.
  • Jackson County Public Health: All appointments have been booked at this time. We will open the appointment request up once there is availability.
  • 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.

Klamath County gave the following information about the status of doses for their residents:

  • Of the vaccine received at Public Health, 700 first doses will be given to Sky Lakes Medical Center. Another 400 second doses will be given, too.
  • To schedule an appointment with Sky Lakes Medical Center, call 1-833-606-4370.
  • Second doses were also given to the Bonanza and Merrill Clinics (200 doses) and Klamath Open Door Clinic (270 doses).
  • Albertsons Pharmacy will eventually be able to provide vaccinations and appointments can be made online.
  • Again, doses are limited. Not everyone who wants a vaccine will receive one immediately. Please continue to be patient.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 207106

Reported Deaths: 2757
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Multnomah40396614
Washington26812249
Marion23444323
Clackamas18953235
Lane13924164
Jackson11549146
Deschutes1002782
Umatilla860987
Linn562281
Yamhill478679
Klamath477878
Polk400556
Douglas389583
Malheur362063
Josephine361772
Benton326922
Jefferson237139
Coos216737
Columbia192329
Union150124
Wasco144530
Lincoln143421
Crook129223
Hood River121733
Morrow115516
Clatsop10609
Baker102315
Curry72011
Tillamook6604
Grant5517
Lake4688
Harney4339
Wallowa1945
Gilliam811
Sherman701
Wheeler351
Unassigned00

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Cases: 3810808

Reported Deaths: 63373
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Los Angeles124790924459
Riverside3017994627
San Bernardino2993204850
San Diego2818863771
Orange2731055113
Santa Clara1201922190
Kern1107991404
Sacramento1078721737
Fresno1029711724
Alameda897561277
Ventura816611031
San Joaquin748081440
Contra Costa70770813
Stanislaus635351070
Tulare49802849
Monterey43842432
San Mateo42685581
San Francisco37275556
Santa Barbara34621455
Solano33762266
Merced32315479
Sonoma30957317
Imperial28855741
Placer23604300
Kings23202247
San Luis Obispo21448261
Madera16647245
Santa Cruz16246208
Marin14208230
Yolo14165212
Butte12668195
Shasta12630233
El Dorado10401116
Napa1002880
Sutter9666113
Yuba651251
San Benito610963
Lassen579925
Tehama573563
Nevada493175
Humboldt450849
Mendocino434050
Tuolumne421671
Amador374247
Lake356345
Glenn243327
Siskiyou239837
Colusa228818
Calaveras220856
Del Norte14588
Inyo143438
Mono12984
Plumas7376
Modoc5635
Mariposa4657
Trinity4236
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Alpine890
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