“Still waiting in the wings for their shots are the county’s seniors, “says the Roseburg News Review. (Tell us something we didn’t know!) The first group of seniors, those 80 and older, don’t become eligible until Feb. 7. Douglas County Public Health Officer Bob Dannenhoffer said the group of providers lined up to administer vaccines to county residents as they become eligible includes all the major clinics — Aviva Health, Evergreen Family Medicine, Umpqua Health Alliance, South River Community Health Center in Winston and Lower Umpqua Hospital in Reedsport. It also includes many smaller clinics, several emergency medical service agencies and even a dental practice. So far, it doesn’t include any pharmacies.
Seniors 80 and older are in Group 2 of Phase 1B becoming eligible Feb 7.
Group 3, people 75 and older, become eligible Feb. 14.
Group 4, people 70 and older, become eligible Feb. 21.
Group 5, the last group of seniors aged 65 and older become eligible Feb. 28.
The general population isn’t expected to be eligible for vaccination until sometime in spring 2021.
Oregon’s vaccine supply is limited. It is estimated it will take 12-15 weeks to vaccinate groups 1-5 of Phase 1B.
But the detailed schedule doesn’t guarantee vaccines will be available on those dates, Dannenhoffer said. So far, the demand for vaccination has exceeded the supply and that means shortages on the ground and delays for some people who want the shots.
“We are working on a plan for the vaccine release for seniors, but it will not be published until we have more information.” Dannenhoffer urges seniors not to call doctor’s offices now with questions, since neither the county nor the clinics knows how many vaccines it will receive for seniors or when it will receive them.
You will still need to continue to wear a mask, wash your hands frequently and physically distance even after you are fully vaccinated. Things can’t go back to normal until enough people are vaccinated. If we all work together, we’ll get to that point faster and save lives in the process.