Reaching Herd Immunity In Lane Co. Requires Greater Access To Small Vax Sites

Jun 15, 2021

Now that Lane County has achieved Low Risk status for business restrictions, Public Health has shifted the goal. Officials say now it’s about reaching “herd immunity” in order to protect everyone. The focus is on vaccine access.  

According to health officials, just under 58% of the "entire population" of Lane County has been vaccinated against COVID-19. Public Health continues to shoot for the 70% mark where it is believed community immunity will begin to beat back the virus.

How are we going to do that? Spokesperson Jason Davis said they’ve moved away from mass vax efforts to mobile and pop-up clinics—as many as 20 a week, countywide.   

Peace Health RN Carol Eickmeyer proudly shows off her band aid  after receiving the shot. 
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“Just make that vaccine as easy to obtain as possible," he said. "We’ve heard loud and clear that access remains one of the big issues for folks in terms of why they’re not getting the vaccine.”

Lane County Public Health officials say the lack of access to the vaccine is the main reason reported for not being vaccinated. Mobile and pop up clinics seek to remedy this.
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In addition to the numerous community-based sites and steady, ample vaccine stock at federal partner pharmacies, Davis said plans are underway to hold mobile vax clinics at several summer time events and venues. This includes looking to set up a vax event on or near the site of the Olympic Trials at Hayward Field in Eugene.  

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Some Lane County Vax clinics including final mass vax drive up at Autzen Stadium:  

All clinics listed are providing Pfizer brand vaccine (ages 12+) unless otherwise noted.  If you need a Moderna boost dose please utilize vaccinating partners  (for the list of partners call 541-682-1380 for assistance).

  

  • Monday-Friday, June 14-18 from 3:00pm to 7:00pm at Autzen Stadium
    •  Pfizer prime and boost, Johnson & Johnson, Moderna for boost only
  • Saturday June 19 from 5:00pm-8:00pm at Harrison Elementary School (1000 Taylor Ave, Cottage Grove)
    •  Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson
  • Saturday June 26 from 11:00am-2:00pm at Veneta Elementary School (88131 Territorial Hwy, Veneta)
    • Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson
  • Saturday June 26 from 1:00-3:00pm at Siuslaw Middle School (2525 Oak Street, Florence)
    •  Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson

The clinics listed above have walk-in availability.