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Mass vaccination site opens in Medford

Andy Atkinson / Mail TribunePeople wait in lines for free vaccinations Wednesday at the lower ball room entrance of the Merrick, which was previously the Inn at the Commons.
COVID-19 shots available every day of the week

A COVID-19 mass vaccination site that previously operated at the Jackson County Expo has relocated to downtown Medford and will be open seven days a week.

Free vaccinations are available without an appointment on a walk-thru basis at the Merrick, 200 N. Riverside Ave., Medford. The building was previously the Inn at the Commons.

The hours of operation are noon to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays. Child doses for kids ages 5-11 and adult doses for people 12 and older are available. The site offers initial vaccinations as well as booster shots.

The mass vaccination site run by the Oregon Health Authority is part of a network of sites around the state. Health officials are urging people to get vaccinated or get booster shots as the highly contagious omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus spreads across the country.

A COVID-19 testing site operated by the company Curative has also been relocated from The Expo to the Merrick. It runs five days a week, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday through Thursday. To register for a test, visit www.curative.com.

UPDATE: The COVID-19 testing site was unable to move to the Merrick as scheduled. It will remain at The Expo, 1 Peninger Road, Central Point until Jan. 5 and then will relocate to the Merrick, Jackson County Public Health officials said Thursday.