The Roseburg Veterans Affairs Medical Center is now taking appointments for veteran patients to receive the COVID-19 Moderna vaccine.
To qualify for the current round of vaccinations at the VA, veterans must be 75 or older, or be homeless, or be frontline essential workers, hemodialysis or organ transplant patients, or chemotherapy patients receiving care at a clinic or hospital.
Veterans who want to receive a vaccination can sign up online here and click on the “sign up and stay informed” button.
First doses are being administered by appointment only on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Second doses are given out Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays in Roseburg and Eugene.
Veterans who are eligible, have sign up online and haven’t been contacted within a week can call their patient care team for assistance obtaining an appointment.
Douglas County reported 25 new cases Wednesday and no new deaths.
There are nine county residents hospitalized with the illness, seven locally and two out of the area.
Douglas Public Health Network is supporting 408 people who are in isolation with the illness or quarantine due to contact with an infected person.
Douglas County Public Health Officer Bob Dannenhoffer said the health network has 38 local vaccinators.
“When we receive our vaccines, our immediate focus will be to vaccinate all those in category 1a that want to be vaccinated, followed by teachers/educators and early learning,” Dannenhoffer said in a press release.
Seniors and others in priority groups 1b and 1c will follow as vaccine supply allows, he said.
But so far, the Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team said not enough vaccines have been received locally to complete the first phase of eligible residents or to hold a community vaccination event.
“Our team is ready, able and willing to do an event, all we need is the vaccine,” the team said in a press release.
Statewide, 238,760 vaccinations have been given to Oregon residents. Of those, 2,519 were in Douglas County.
The Oregon Health Authority reported 704 new cases and 24 deaths Wednesday.