Lane County Vaccine Newsletter -March

Many pharmacies in Lane County are receiving vaccine supply directly from the federal government in addition to state & local distribution.

Some eligible persons have had success registering with a pharmacy in addition to preregistration with Lane County.  

Bi-Mart
Fred Meyer
Safeway/Albertsons
Walgreens
Walmart
Health Mart
Costco

Federally Qualified Health Centers in Lane County have few begun to receive vaccine supplies 

Community Health Centers of Lane County
White Bird Clinic

The Federal Health Service Administrations Health Center COVID-19 Vaccine Program is designed to ensure our nation’s underserved communities and those disproportionately affected by COVID-19 are equitably vaccinated against COVID-19 by allocating a limited supply of vaccine doses directly to health centers. 

Please remember that there is only enough vaccine supply to vaccinate a small portion of eligible residents each week.  Lane County will continue vaccinating as quickly as vaccine supply allows. 

All individuals in Lane County are encouraged to utilize the Vaccine Preregistration Form to ensure they are contacted for scheduling as early as possible.  Although you may not receive an appointment until summer, this is the best way to claim a spot for your shot.

THANKS TO THE EFFORTS OF OUR COMMUNITY LANE COUNTY MOVED TO THE MODERATE RISK LEVEL ON MARCH 12, 2021


What does it mean? 

Rate of COVID-19 cases per 100,000 over 14 days is between 50-100.
Percentage test positivity over previous 14 days is between 5% – 8%.

What’s Open in My County?

COVID-19 Sector Risk Level Guidance Chart

Guidance documents from the State of Oregon

Lane County COVID-19 Vaccination Data Webpage 
updated weekdays (data below as of 3/12/2021 at 8:00 a.m.)

37,733:   Fully Vaccinated (received both prime and booster doses)
33,083:Have received first dose only 
108,769:Total doses administered

7.19%: Percentage of Lane County population FULLY vaccinated
1,922:   People per 10,000 vaccinated

8,410:  Vaccine Allocation Prime doses for the week of March 8
6,710:  Vaccine Allocation of Boost (2nd) doses for the week of March 8

The data reported is direct from Oregon Health Authority’s database, current to the time it was pulled. Since the data is constantly being updated, numbers can vary. Total vaccinations refers to doses, while persons vaccinated is referring to the people who received doses. There is sometimes a delay in reporting of doses administered (meaning the vials of vaccine have been distributed) and the connection to the persons who received it. The percentage of fully vaccinated does refer to those who have received both doses.
 
If you want more information on vaccination statistics, please visit: OHA Data Page

Learn more about the Johnson & Johnson Single Dose Vaccine from Lane County Senior Health Officer Dr. Patrick Luedtke.

LA VACUNA CONTRA EL COVID-19
EL CONDADO DE LANE EN ESPAÑOL

You can find more information about COVID-19 in Lane County at: www.lanecounty.org/coronavirus 

Vaccine Preregistration Form 

White Bird has expanded its Vaccination Project

https://whitebirdclinic.org/vaccine

Who is eligible for the vaccine?

  1. All individuals who are 65 years of age and older
  2. Educators
  3. All individuals who match the criteria listed in CDC Phase 1A:
    • Hospital staff with patient care responsibilities
    • Urgent care
    • Skilled nursing and memory care facility healthcare personnel (HCP) and residents
    • Tribal health programs
    • Emergency medical services (EMS) providers and other first responders
    • All health care interpreters and traditional health workers in any setting within Phase
    • Other long-term care facilities, including all paid and unpaid HCP, all staff and contractors, including residents who meet the age requirements of:
    • Residential care facilities Adult foster care
    • Group homes for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities
    • Other similar congregate care sites
    • Hospice programs
    • Mobile crisis care and related services
    • Individuals working in a correctional setting
    • HCPs in outpatient settings serving specific high-risk groups
    • Day treatment services
    • Non-emergency medical transport
    • Paid or unpaid caregivers (including parents or foster parents) of medically fragile children or adults who live at home
    • Adults and age-eligible children who have a medical condition or disability who receive services in their homes
    • All other outpatient HCPs
    • Other HCP who provide direct service to people with I/DD and other high-risk populations.
    • Other public health settings, such as HCP serving WIC, or CBO’s with direct or indirect exposures

Sign up to get vaccinated

  • White Bird Clinic can only provide vaccinations to individuals from the eligible groups listed above. If you’d like to be vaccinated, please click the button below.

Note: Our system uses text messaging to confirm that an appointment has been made. If you don’t immediately get a text confirmation, you don’t have an appointment. If necessary, you can redo the scheduling process in order to create an appointment.

Please call 541-246-2341 to register by phone or learn more about vaccination. You can also email Emily Lowery at ELowery@whitebirdclinic.org with any questions.

Standby List for Expedited Vaccination

White Bird uses a standby list to ensure that no vaccine doses ever go unused. If you are currently eligible for vaccination, you should register above. Joining the standby list may expedite your vaccination. In order to join the standby list, you need to be able to make it to the WOW Hall in 30 min or less, and be available at one or more of the following times:

Mondays between 10:00AM – 2:00PM

Wednesdays between 1:00PM – 5:00PM

Fridays between 10:00AM – 2:00PM

Food Pantry and Distro Hub

The NAACP would like to announce that the Mims Food Pantry and Distro hub is up and running at the NAACP office located at 330 High Street in Eugene. And we are offering the following items:

  • Fresh produce
  • Frozen/ Refrigerated, and shelf stable staples
  • Household items such as shampoo/conditioner, 
  • Baby formula, diapers, toothbrushes/toothpaste
  • Laundry soap & dish soap are some of the items that can be found at the Food/Distro hub for community members in need. 

The Mims Food Pantry and Distro hub is available:

  • Monday – Friday 9:00 am – 1:00 pm. To access the Food/ Distro hub during the week, please call ahead at (541) 484-1119. Or email Jessie at jessieg@naacplanecounty.org.
  • Drop in hours are every Thursday 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm.
    • Once a month home deliveries are available upon request on Tuesdays, or Thursdays between 11:30 am – 4:30 pm. 
  • We ask that community members fill out the NAACP Community Assessment form to give our office a better idea of what items and resources are needed to better serve our community. 

If anyone would like to donate to the Mims food and distro hub, we ask that they consider only donating the following items:

  • jars of peanut butter
  • cheese
  • eggs
  • baby diapers
  • butter

Or, make a monetary donation to the NAACP.

Visit the Eugene/Springfield NAACP Facebook page for more info.

City of Eugene: COVID-19 Community Update

Lane County Lowered to Moderate Risk Category - Begins Friday, March 12 

Oregon’s Risk and Protection Framework uses data to help inform safety measures at the county level. Every two weeks, Governor Kate Brown’s office announces the revised risk status of each county based on current data. Lane County has lowered into the moderate risk category for the two-week period beginning March 12. 

With the reduced risk level comes new guidance including what is allowed for indoor activities such as dining, gyms, entertainment establishments and faith institutions. See Oregon Health Authority’s guidance for activities at each risk level.  

Follow the Four

Help us remain at a lower risk level by continuing to follow these important recommendations: 

  1. Stay six feet apart
  2. Wear a mask (see CDC’s recent tips on how to improve your mask fit)
  3. Wash Your hands
  4. Avoid large gatherings

Lane County Starting to Receive and Distribute Third Vaccine 

The federal government recently issued an Emergency Use Authorization for Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine, making it the third COVID-19 vaccine available for use in the United States including Pfizer and Moderna. The Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup, which includes Oregon, also completed its review of the federal process and has concluded the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective for use in the western states. 

The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is the first single-dose vaccine against COVID-19. It can be stored in a refrigerator for months, making it easier to distribute and transport without the need for ultra-cold storage. Due to these considerations, the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is uniquely qualified to be used with difficult to reach populations, including those that are hard to schedule for a second dose or require a mobile strike team. Lane County has started to use the Johnson & Johnson vaccine for mobile vaccination efforts.  

Lane County Vaccine Pre-Registration and Scheduling an Appointment

If you haven’t already done so, you can fill out Lane County Public Health’s pre-registration for vaccination, available to all members of the public. Pre-registration will help create a centralized database to help health partners countywide contact those who wish to be vaccinated and schedule an appointment when they are eligible. If you have a friend or loved one who does not have internet access or has difficulty navigating the internet, we encourage you to help by assisting them in preregistering online. The contact information field on the form only requires email OR phone. If someone does not have an email address the field can be left blank as long as a phone number is listed.

If you are unable to complete the online form you can also preregister by phone by calling 541-682-1380 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, but please use the online form if possible.  

Commercial Rent Relief to Help Small Businesses Behind on Lease Payments

As of March 8, Oregon commercial building owners can now apply for grants to help them cover outstanding lease payments from small business tenants that are behind on rent because of COVID-19. Grants are available up to $100,000 per business tenant lease and $3 million total per landlord. The landlord must agree not to evict the tenant for six months and waive any rights to collect outstanding penalties or interest, or enforce eviction clauses related to the delinquent lease payments between March 1, 2020 and Feb. 28, 2021.  

Both the business tenant and property owner will need to participate in the application process and sign the grant agreement, but the initial application needs to be completed by the landlord.   

Visit our Business Support webpage for more information on this program and other financial relief. 

Free PPE for Eugene Nonprofit and Small Businesses Opens for Second Round of Distribution 

Businesses and non-profits are allowed to request a second appointment for PPE. The City of Eugene, in partnership with Business Oregon, continues to offer free personal protective equipment (PPE) supplies to nonprofit and small businesses located in Eugene with 100 or fewer employees.  

Businesses can book their appointments online as long as spots are still available. We will add new appointments as the current schedule is filled. 

We currently have a supply of disposable masks and antiseptic wipes. Our supply of gloves has run out. Supplies will be dispersed on a first come, first served basis. Appointments will continue to be available until we have run out of supplies, please check our website for a current list of available supplies. 

COVID-19 Resources 

See a list of Community Resources for physical and mental health, food, housing, businesses, employees, schools and children, as well as information in Spanish.

Also learn how you can help. Our partners have a significant amount of information available online. Please visit these resources for the most up to date information:

Lane County Call Center: Open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., 541-682-1380

Interested in Electric Cars? – Three upcoming online events with EVEVA

EVEVA online meeting on March 8 at 5:00pm PST with Rep. Peter DeFazio on Transportation Electrification in our community. Contact Phil Barnhart for the Zoom link phil@philbarnhart.com Information can be found on the Facebook event page here.

Congressman Peter DeFazio will address federal initiatives to support transportation electrification at EVEVA’s Quarterly Meeting, by Zoom. We’ll discuss pending state legislation to support electric vehicles as well. Please join us! Write contact@eveva.org to get on a list to receive the Zoom link. Visit our website at eveva.org and look under “Upcoming Events” for more details.

EVEVA, is also offering our free Zoom workshop again on March 11 and March 16 at 7:00 pm. The online workshop is for anyone interested in finding out about electric vehicles. There is even a $1000 discount offered on the purchase of an electric car from a local dealershipThe workshop is offered in partnership with the City of Eugene, EWEB, and the University of Oregon Office of Sustainability.

Register at: revupeugene.org

City of Eugene: COVID-19 Community Update

Lane County Lowered to High Risk Category – Begins Friday, February 26

Oregon’s Risk and Protection Framework uses data to help inform safety measures at the county level. Every two weeks, Governor Kate Brown’s office announces the revised risk status of each county based on current data. Lane County has lowered into the high risk category for the two-week period beginning February 26.

With the reduced risk level comes new guidance including what is allowed for indoor activities such as dining, gyms, entertainment establishments and faith institutions. See Oregon Health Authority’s guidance for activities at each risk level.

Follow the Four

Help us remain at a lower risk level by continuing to follow these important recommendations: 

  1. Stay six feet apart
  2. Wear a mask (see CDC’s recent tips on how to improve your mask fit)
  3. Wash Your hands
  4. Avoid large gatherings

Lane County Vaccine Pre-Registration and Scheduling an Appointment

If you haven’t already done so, you can fill out Lane County Public Health’s pre-registration for vaccination, available to all members of the public. Pre-registration will help create a centralized database to help health partners countywide contact those who wish to be vaccinated and schedule an appointment when they are eligible.

If you have a friend or loved one who does not have internet access, or has difficulty navigating the internet, we encourage you to help by assisting them in preregistering online. The contact information field on the form only requires email OR phone. If someone does not have an email address the field can be left blank as long as a phone number is listed. If you are unable to complete the online form you can also preregister by phone by calling 541-682-1380 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, but please use the online form if possible. 

You will receive an invitation from Lane County Public Health when an appointment is available for you to schedule. Remember to check your SPAM folder for any scheduling messages. Please follow instructions for your vaccine appointment and show up on the date, time, and location as scheduled.

It is important to remember that Lane County will continue to follow Oregon Health Authority eligibility guidelines and the timeline to receive your vaccination will depend on supply. To date, 32,480 people in Lane County have received their first dose and 16,665 are considered fully vaccinated in Lane County after having received their second dose. Sign up to receive email updates from Lane County Public Health about vaccine availability and distribution.

PPP Changes Will Allow Smallest Businesses, Independent Contractors and Self-Employed to Receive More Financial Support

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) on Wednesday, Feb. 24 will establish a 14-day exclusive Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan application period for businesses and nonprofits with fewer than 20 employees.

This will give lenders more time to work with small businesses to submit their applications, while also ensuring that larger PPP-eligible businesses will still have plenty of time to apply for and receive support before the program expires on March 31.

Free PPE for Eugene Nonprofit and Small Businesses Opens for Second Round of Distribution

Starting March 1, businesses and non-profits are allowed to request a second appointment for PPE. The City of Eugene, in partnership with Business Oregon, continues to offer free personal protective equipment (PPE) supplies to nonprofit and small businesses located in Eugene with 100 or fewer employees.

Businesses can book their appointments for March online as long as spots are still available. We will add new appointments as the current schedule is filled.

Available supplies include:

  • Large and medium gloves
  • Disposable masks
  • Antiseptic wipes

Supplies will be dispersed on a first come, first served basis. Sign up now for an appointment to pick up your two-month supply.

Mayor Vinis Calls for Patience as the COVID-19 Vaccine is Distributed in our Area

COVID-19 Resources

See a list of Community Resources for physical and mental health, food, housing, businesses, employees, schools and children, as well as information in Spanish.

Also learn how you can help. Our partners have a significant amount of information available online. Please visit these resources for the most up to date information:

Lane County Call Center: Open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., 541-682-1380

Thank you for a successful Food Drive!

Hello everyone! Thank you so much for your donations over the past weekend, everyone who participated made this drive possible. The turnout at all the food drives was so unprecedented that it took a few days for Food For Lane County to pick everything up and sort through it. Here are the total collections from each donation site below.

Food for Lane County calculated the combined food and fund totals into meals, and the food drives were able to collect 13,190 meals for our community! We are in awe of our community’s generosity and the way you all came together to support people in need during these trying times. These donations are much needed right now. Food For Lane County has seen a record number of new clients in the last year, due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, as well as continued weekly deliveries to residents on the McKenzie River who were affected by the Holiday Farm Fire. Food For Lane County’s mission is to reduce hunger by engaging the community, and you all were the very embodiment of our mission this past Saturday. Thank you!

Photos of the SHiNA Neighborhood Volunteers working the Food Drive Donation Site at Wayne Morse Family Farm.