In May, Deschutes County will begin transitioning from the centralized mass vaccination model to a distributive model where COVID-19 vaccines are provided by community healthcare partners.
First-dose appointments will only be offered at the Mass Vaccination Clinic through May 7.
The clinic will continue operations at the Fair & Expo Center to complete second-dose appointments through the end of May.
To date, 87,640 vaccines have been administered at the Mass Vaccination Clinic.
Molly Wells Darling, Deputy Incident Commander, said the move is an effort to make the vaccine accessible to more people in the county.
“It’s really important that we utilize different methods to get vaccines out to our community, so that we’re reaching everyone in the community that wants a vaccine in a way they can get that vaccine,” Wells Darling said.
As the Mass Vaccination Clinic concludes operations in May, vaccines will be distributed to local healthcare providers who have been approved by the Oregon Health Authority to offer COVID-19 vaccinations.
Deschutes County Health Services will also continue to offer limited pop-up vaccination clinics across the County.
Everyone 16 or older is eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine; 4,680 first-dose COVID-19 vaccines will be scheduled for the week using the Central Oregon vaccine pre-registration system at www.centraloregoncovidvaccine.com.
“People who pre-register now receive a link to schedule a vaccine appointment within days of pre-registering,” said Molly Wells-Darling, Deputy Incident Commander. “Vaccines are free, no insurance or identification is required and everyone is welcome regardless of immigration status.”