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First COVID-19 Vaccine Shipment Arrives In Lane County

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The first shipment of 975 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine from Pfizer arrived in Lane County Thursday. It's being held in a deep cold storage at an undisclosed location. 

PeaceHealth RiverBend Medical Center staff confirmed the first immunizations of hospital health care workers will begin Monday morning.

While the thought of a vaccine may bring some peace of mind, Lane County Public Health officials say this is no time to relax on standard prevention tactics. It will be several months before the general public is eligible for vaccination. During that time, spokesperson Jason Davis encouraged everyone to learn all they can about the vaccine. You can find vaccine information here.

“I’m not ‘gonna pull any punches on this,” he said. “We want to have as many Lane County residents vaccinated as possible for no other reason other than that is the most effective way we will have out of this pandemic.”

Credit Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
PeaceHealth Oregon Network will begin administering Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccines to hospital health care workers on Monday, 12/21/2020.

The county remains in the “extreme risk” category. Davis regretted to report two more residents have died from the virus- putting the countywide death toll at 79.

Credit Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The CDC recommends the first COVID-19 vaccines should go to healthcare workers who have direct or indirect contact with patients as well as residents and staff of long-term care facilities. 

Tiffany joined the KLCC News team in 2007. She studied journalism at the University of Missouri-Columbia and has worked in a variety of media including television and daily print news. For KLCC, Tiffany reports on health care, social justice and local/regional news. She has won awards from Oregon Associated Press, PRNDI, and Education Writers Association.
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