Vaccinations back on


LINCOLN COUNTY — Lincoln County received 900 doses of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine Monday, which will supply three vaccination clinics this week.

Lincoln County Public Health Deputy Director Florence Pourtal told the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners Monday that 900 doses were received that morning for first doses and an additional 100 booster doses were expected this week.

Three clinics were set up to administer those prime doses to people already on the waiting list — some in Phase 1A and educators who have not yet received a shot and seniors over the age of 80 — on Tuesday and Friday at the North Lincoln Fire & Rescue Taft station, and on Thursday at the fairgrounds in Newport.

Pourtal told the board that despite the diversion of prime doses last week, Lincoln County had the sixth highest vaccination rate in Oregon. As of Monday, 5,264 people in the county had received at least a first dose — 10 percent of the population, or about one-sixth of the approximately 30,000 locals the health department anticipates are eligible or willing to be inoculated. The Pfizer vaccine is approved for those 16 years of age or older, while the Moderna vaccine can be given to those 18 and up, and there will be some adults who refuse the shot.

While it’s not sure of future supply, and thus when it will be able to offer vaccines to more seniors, the next phase of eligible recipients, essential workers, the health department is aggressively disseminating its waitlist. The wait list and more information about the vaccine schedule, as well as other information including events outside of the county where locals might be able to receive a shot, can be found at https://tinyurl.com/y3r7fnyo

Public health is also asking employers to fill out an assessment to help it prepare for essential worker vaccinations in the coming months, which can be found at https://tinyurl.com/y5lq5vko.

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