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Drive-thru vaccinations at The Expo coming to end

Walk-thru vaccinations still available until June 28

The last day to get a drive-thru COVID-19 vaccination at The Expo is Tuesday, but walk-thru vaccinations will still be available through June 28.

Officials are encouraging Southern Oregon residents to take advantage of the last days of the convenient drive-thru at The Expo, located at 1 Peninger Road near Central Point. The drive-thru operation, which can provide more than 1,000 shots a day, offers the two-dose Pfizer vaccine.

The drive-thru is open daily from noon until 7 p.m. through Tuesday, June 15. Shots are available there for anyone 12 or older.

Anyone who is due to have their second Pfizer dose after June 15 should visit www.jacksoncounty.org/hhs/COVID-19 or call 211 for information on getting their second dose. People can also contact Safeway, Albertsons, Walgreens or Walmart to schedule a second dose.

Information is also available on the website or by calling 211 about other places to get vaccinated in the community, including medical clinics and pharmacies.

The walk-thru clinic offers the two-dose Moderna vaccine and the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine through Monday, June 28. Those shots are available to everyone 18 and older.

All COVID-19 shots are free and available with no appointment or registration needed. People do not have to live in Jackson County to get vaccinated at The Expo.

The Jackson County Vaccination Equity Center started offering drive-thru vaccinations April 21 for an eight-week mission to support the walk-thru site and accelerate COVID-19 vaccinations for underserved people, officials said.

As of Tuesday this week, the entire operation had provided more than 24,000 vaccinations, officials said.

Mobile vaccination efforts by the Oregon Health Authority and Jackson County Public Health will continue after the closure of the drive-thru and walk-thru vaccination sites later this month.

So far, 51.2% of Jackson County residents 16 and older have been vaccinated, according to the Oregon Health Authority.

The vaccination center at The Expo was a joint effort by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, U.S. Department of Defense, OHA, state Office of Emergency Management, Jackson County Health and Human Services, Jackson County Emergency Management, U.S. Coast Guard, Peace Corps and AmeriCorps. More than 200 people from across the country came to support the vaccination effort in Jackson County, officials said.

In January and February, The Expo hosted mass COVID-19 vaccination drive-thru clinics that reached thousands of people in a matter of days. The Jackson County Vaccination Equity Center was later set up at The Expo, providing steady, convenient access to COVID-19 vaccinations over a longer period of time.

Reach Mail Tribune reporter Vickie Aldous at 541-776-4486 or valdous@rosebudmedia.com. Follow her on Twitter @VickieAldous.