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Deschutes, JeffCo first-dose vaccines on hold; OHA sending supply elsewhere

Deschutes and Jefferson counties will not administer any first doses of the COVID vaccines next week after the OHA announced it will send the area’s share to regions further behind in the process.

Morgan Emerson, a spokeswoman with Deschutes County Health, said the only appointments next week will be for those who have already received their first dose.

“We will receive second doses, as expected; and we’ll continue to vaccinate people for their second doses,” she said. “We will not be able to book any new first-dose appointments for next week.”

Deschutes County is waiting to find out when it would be able to start scheduling first doses again.

“In the latter part of each week, we learn about our vaccine allocation from Oregon Health Authority for the following week,” said Dr. George Conway, Director of Deschutes County Health Services. “Next week, we will know if we can expect more vaccine supplies for the following week, and we will keep our communities updated.”

Crook County health officials tell us they will receive their weekly allocation and will schedule anyone in Phase 1a and Phase 1b Group 1.

According to the OHA, Deschutes County had administered more than 20,000 first-doses of the vaccine to health care workers, first-responders, teachers, and those 75 and over.

Just 3,000 people have been fully vaccinated in Deschutes County.

Jefferson County has partially vaccinated more than 1,800 people.

Deschutes County Health Services has launched an online platform that allows residents to sign up to be notified when they are eligible to be vaccinated.

More information is available at deschutes.org/covid19vaccine.

 

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