CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — A vaccination clinic for Phase 1A and educators has closed registration after exceeding the number of available COVID-19 vaccine doses, Jackson County officials say.
The three-day event began Thursday, and officials say that it has been wildly successful. By the beginning of the clinic, Asante had allocated a total of 6,000 vaccine doses for eligible attendees, and more than 2,500 were administered on Thursday alone.
Jackson County issued an urgent statement on Thursday afternoon, warning that staff were seeing a number of people arrive at the event who were not eligible under the guidelines. Spokesperson Tanya Phillips indicated that many were seniors who had heard erroneously that they could get vaccinated, though the state has deferred vaccination of seniors until February.
Regardless, the number of eligible people arriving after signing up online — and coming prepared with the necessary paperwork — has impressed officials.
By Friday morning, Asante had updated its website to reflect that the event is now closed to further sign-ups. A similar clinic in Josephine County is set to begin on Sunday, and sign-ups are still open.
Chris Pizzi, chief executive for Providence, told NewsWatch 12 that the medical provider had made 3,500 more doses available to ensure that everyone eligible and signed up could get inoculated by the end of the clinic on Saturday.
Who is eligible for the Jackson County clinic
- Group 1: Hospitals, Urgent Care, Skilled Nursing and Memory Care Facility Healthcare personnel ( HCP) and residents, Tribal health programs, Emergency medical services (EMS) providers and other first responders, Health care interpreters, Traditional health workers.
- Group 2: Other long-term care facilities, including HCP and residents of residential care facilities, adult foster care, group homes for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, Other congregate care sites, Hospice programs, Mobile crisis care, and related services, Individuals working in a correctional setting.
- Group 3: HCPs in outpatient settings serving specific high-risk groups, Day treatment services, Non-emergency medical transport (NEMT), Caregivers of medically fragile children or adults who live at home.
- Group 4: All other outpatient HCPs, and Public health sites.
Phase 1B (partial)
- Child-care, preschool, K-12, and school districts staff only.