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Early Birds And Line Skippers: Mass Vax Event In Eugene Had Some Problems

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Tiffany Eckert
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Over the weekend, Lane County Public Health had its most challenging COVID-19 mass vaccination clinic to date. Officials say about 15% of the people who showed up didn’t have an appointment.

Some mistook their pre-registration email confirmation for an invitation to get vaccinated. It isn’t. Spokesperson Jason Davis said some folks worried they wouldn’t get a shot if they didn’t come early.

“These clinics are not first come first serve,” he said. “That’s why we do the vaccine scheduling. Please, please do not show up early.”

The early birds were simply in the way, said Davis, and that caused delays for everyone. Some tried to “skip the line” by leaving their vehicle and walking up to the clinic. Vaccinators discourage this and say it won’t get you inoculated any quicker.

Public Health anticipates a significant uptick in the number of people being vaccinated. Starting next week, the county will receive 6,400 doses each week for at least a month. Davis said the allocation is based on the senior population and the county’s demonstrated capacity to get shots in people’s arms.

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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