CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — The final details for a drive-in coronavirus vaccination clinic in Jackson County were published on Monday, allowing eligible members of "Phase 1a" to sign up and get the needed paperwork.
The drive-in event is still planned for January 21, 22, and 23 at the Jackson County Expo, and several dozen National Guard members are expected to be on-hand to help with all aspects of the initiative — from logistics to administering the vaccines.
With an increase in vaccine doses no longer expected from the federal government, the upcoming event will not be expanded to include educators and seniors. Eligible members of Phase 1a — including healthcare workers, first responders, and both residents and staff of long-term care facilities — are strongly encouraged to visit the Asante site and have that paperwork prepared ahead of time.
When the event begins, people will drive up to a checkpoint to have their paperwork screened, and they will be asked to verbally verify that they are in Phase 1a. They'll be vaccinated while still in their vehicles, then ushered to a waiting area for observation over a period of 15 minutes or more to ensure that there are no major allergic reactions.
Attendees will receive a form showing that they've received the first dose, along with details on how to receive a second dose in the following weeks.
The Jackson County clinic will be open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on January 21, 22, and 23.
A second, similar event is being planned for Josephine County on January 24 and 25, and sign-up is available on the same Asante page. Officials hope to perform 3,000 vaccinations at this event. Unlike the Jackson County clinic, this one will be open to pre-K through 12th grade educators and other school staff.
Both the Jackson and Josephine County drive-in events will be supplied with the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, which requires ultra-cold storage. Nickerson said Asante's staff is now well-accustomed the process of vaccine storage and thawing, and will have enough doses prepared for use as needed.
There are roughly 20,000 people in Phase 1a in Jackson County, public health officials said, and more than 7,000 in Josephine County.
Governor Kate Brown announced last week the state's adjusted timeline for expanding vaccinations beyond Phase 1a. Vaccines will be made available to educators beginning January 25 throughout the state. Seniors will be made eligible beginning February 8, starting with those 80 and older.