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Registration starts for COVID-19 vaccination event

Organizers have announced details for a large drive-through COVID-19 vaccination event scheduled this week at the Jackson County Expo.

The free event is from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Jackson County, Asante, Providence, the National Guard and other medical partners are working together on the event. Asante and Providence are providing the vaccines.

For now, vaccinations are available for people in the state’s Phase 1A group, which includes health care workers, nursing home staff, emergency medical technicians, hospital janitors, pharmacists, dentists, therapists and others associated with health care who could be exposed to COVID-19 on the job.

People in group 1A who haven’t received their first COVID-19 shot can register for the event at asante.org/covid-19/vaccination-events. Instructions are available at that site.

Due to a shortage of COVID-19 vaccine shipping from the federal government, the event is not open to people in Phase 1B, which includes educators, school staff and people ages 65 and older.

Gov. Kate Brown previously announced COVID-19 shots would become available to 1B groups beginning Saturday. The federal vaccine shortage caused organizers of the event at The Expo to have to put limits on who could get vaccinated at this time.

Jackson County Public Health and medical partners are working on expanding vaccination to people in Phase 1B. They will provide updates as information becomes available, officials said.

People in 1A who are eligible for this week’s drive-through vaccination event should visit the Asante website to print and fill out a vaccine administration record and insurance form. Lack of insurance will not be a barrier to getting the vaccine, organizers said. Bring the two forms to the event, plus your identification and your insurance card if you are insured. Insurance companies will be billed, but there is no out-of-pocket cost for the drive-through clinic.

Additional documents are available on the website, including a notice of health information privacy practices, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention vaccine information and information on getting a second booster shot.

Print the booster shot flyer with information about how to receive the second dose of vaccine from Asante or Providence. You will need to receive the booster shot 21 to 28 days after the first dose for the vaccine to reach its full ability to be 95% effective at preventing COVID-19.

When registering, select a date and time for when you will attend the drive-through event at The Expo, located at 1 Peninger Road, Central Point.

You must provide your name and occupation to register.

When you arrive to receive the vaccine, you will be asked to verify that you are in Phase 1A verbally.

At the time of vaccination, you will receive a card that states the date you were vaccinated.

After vaccination, you will spend 15-30 minutes in your vehicle at the clinic to ensure you do not have a reaction to the vaccine. Emergency medical services will be on-site at the clinic to attend to anyone needing assistance.

Masks are required to be worn at this event. If you do not have one, then one will be provided to you upon arrival. Refusing to wear a mask will make you ineligible.

Bring a snack and water because wait times in your vehicle may be long. Do not bring pets in your vehicle.

People in quarantine and those who are currently COVID-19 positive will not be eligible for this event, but will have the opportunity to get vaccinated by COVD-19 vaccine providers. A prior diagnosis of COVID-19 does not exclude you from getting the vaccine. However, you should be recovered from the illness.

Another large drive-through vaccination event is scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 24, and Monday, Jan. 25, at the Josephine County Fairgrounds for people in group 1A. Visit the Asante website at asante.org/covid-19/vaccination-events to register.

If you have a significant history of severe allergic reaction, also called anaphylaxis, to any medication injections or have severe environmental allergies and carry an Epi-pen, please seek a shot at a smaller vaccination clinic.

Other vaccination clinics include:

Asante — Schedule an appointment that is not related to The Expo or Josephine County Fairgrounds events by visiting asante.org/covid-19/vaccine-clinic.

Providence — Schedule an appointment by emailing Workplacehealthservices@providence.org.

Jackson County Public Health — Schedule an appointment by visiting jacksoncountyor.org/hhs/COVID-19/Community-Resources/jackson-county-public-health-covid-19-vaccine-appointments.

Children and Adolescents Clinic — Schedule an appointment or ask for more information by emailing COVIDvaccine@cacdocs.com.

Reach Mail Tribune reporter Vickie Aldous at valdous@rosebudmedia.com. Follow her on Twitter @VickieAldous.

FILE - In this Dec. 17, 2020 file photo, prepared COVID-19 Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine syringes are seen at Edward Hospital in Naperville, Ill. The U.S. government is negotiating with Pfizer to acquire tens millions of additional vaccine doses in exchange for helping the pharmaceutical giant gain better access to manufacturing supplies. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)