As COVID-19 Vaccines Trickle Out, Lane Co. Public Health Makes Mass Vax Plans For Gen. Population

Jan 5, 2021

According to the Oregon Health Authority, 51,255 Oregonians have received a COVID-19 vaccine as of Tuesday. Nine of them have received two doses and are fully immunized.

Dr. Karthik Mahadevan received the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine on December 21, 2020 at PeaceHealth RiverBend Medical Center in Springfield. Health care providers and long term care facility residents are in the initial phase for vaccinations.
Credit Tiffany Eckert

Distribution of the vaccine will occur in phases. The initial phase, 1-A, includes health care personnel as well as residents of long-term care facilities. People in high-risk groups and essential workers will be vaccinated in the next phase, 1-B.

While it is a way down the road, Lane County Public Health officials are gearing up to vaccinate the general population. Spokesperson Jason Davis:

“We already have plans in place for the mass vaccination,” he said. “So these will be large scale, potentially drive through events where individuals will be able to quickly and efficiently receive their first dose of vaccine.”   

PeaceHealth Oregon Network is administering the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to health care providers. Two doses are required to immunize.
Credit Tiffany Eckert

Davis said Public Health will track the doses given and follow up. To date, 95 Lane County residents have died from the virus. 

For COVID-19 Vaccination information from Oregon Health Authority and Lane County Public Health, click here