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Pent-up demand for boosters strains Lane County Public Health staffing capacity

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This week, Lane County has just begun offering Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccine boost doses to eligible residents and the pent-up demand is putting a strain on public health staffing.

This is the first week Lane County has been able to offer Moderna and Johnson & Johnson boost doses to eligible residents. There is pent-up demand for the shots and that could put a strain on Public Health.

Lane County’s COVID-19 Incident Commander Steve Adams said with so much geography to cover, the challenge right now is staffing.

“Vaccine is not the limiting factor as it was in the Spring,” he said. “So right now, it really is our staff capacity to be able to operate multiple clinics around the county at any given point. As well as to provide and allocate staff time supporting long term care facility boosts or doing some of our mobile clinics.”

Adams said residents who have been waiting to get the newly approved boosters should know-- Public Health is not the only provider. Hospitals, physicians and pharmacies remain crucial partners in the effort. He added fully vaccinated people continue to enjoy strong protection- so waiting a week or two to seek a booster might be a good decision.

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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