The Oregon Health Authority allocated 8,190 COVID vaccines to Deschutes County for first-dose appointments next week.
That means Deschutes County can offer more than twice as many vaccine appointments to eligible residents next week as they did the week before due to the increased vaccine supply, according to Molly Wells-Darling, Deschutes County Deputy Incident Commander. In comparison, this week, Deschutes County was allocated 3,910 doses.
Vaccine appointments can be scheduled using the new vaccine pre-registration system.
“We are getting double the doses so it’s really important that people go on to CentralOregonCOVIDVaccine.com and pre-register to get their vaccine,” Darling said. “It doesn’t matter if they currently qualify in the phasing or not, they just need to get in there and pre-register.”
Invitations to schedule vaccine appointments will be sent to eligible residents who have pre-registered starting Friday.
For the week of March 29, eligible groups include phase 1B, group 6; adults 65 and older; phase 1B, group 1; and phase 1A. A full explanation of those eligible groups is available at the OHA’s website.
The OHA says 81% of Deschutes County residents 65 and older have received at least their first vaccine dose.
Deschutes County’s mass vaccination clinic at the Deschutes County Fair and Expo Center can administer 3,000 doses a day. Officials don’t anticipate any difficulties ramping up operations to match supply.
“It’s very exciting that we are beginning to see increased doses coming to our area,” Darling said. “I think we will continue to see increased doses.”
Residents who are unable to pre-register online can call 541-699-5109 for assistance.