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Mis-sharing Of Registration Link Complicates COVID-19 Vax Efforts In Lane Co.

Lane County Public Health

While overall reports of the COVID-19 mass vaccination clinics in Eugene have been positive-- Lane County Public Health ran into some issues when a registration link was shared on social media.

This is how the process is supposed to work: The county prioritizes organizations based on the number and types of people served. Then they send out an invitation via a link to register for a vaccine. Spokesperson Jason Davis said last week, someone posted that link to social media where anyone could use it.

“And we had people who were not in 1A, probably not even fitting into 1B, registering. For some people, it was absolutely inadvertent,” Davis said. “They just saw the link and an opportunity to get vaccinated and jumped on it. A lot of people have been pro-active in cancelling those mistaken registrations.”

Credit Tiffany Eckert
A mass vax clinic in Eugene saw thousands of people invited by Lane County Public Health to get the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. This photo was taken on Sunday 01/25/21

Davis said some people did show up at the mass vax clinics. But if they were not on the list—they were turned away. He urged patience and grace as the county works to follow COVID-19 vaccination guidelines.

As of Tuesday, 19,641 Lane County residents have received the vaccine. 

Credit Tiffany Eckert
Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is pre-drawn and ready to administer to rightfully registered Lane County residents in Phase A1 at a mass vax clinic in Lane County.

Tiffany joined the KLCC News team in 2007. She studied journalism at the University of Missouri-Columbia and worked in a variety of media including television, technical writing, photography and daily print news before moving to the Pacific Northwest.
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