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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.

Reporter Carisa Cegavske can be reached at ccegavske@nrtoday.com or 541-957-4213.

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Carisa Cegavske is the senior reporter for The News-Review. She can be reached at ccegavske@nrtoday.com or 541-957-4213. Follow her on Twitter @carisa_cegavske

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CitizenJoe

I received the fairly useless email described below, yesterday. Today, I tried calling a few times; after a considerable wait, a very nice fellow in the call center said he would pass along a note to my care team at the VA, and that they would contact me regarding scheduling. I am waiting, and withholding judgment.

Mike

Good luck. Hope it works out for you.

Mike

16 new coronavirus cases were reported in today’s press release from the County Commissioners Coronavirus Task Force. That is 41 cases reported in the last two days and brings Douglas County totals to 1,739 cases and 43 deaths.

Roseburg Veteran Affairs reported 2 new coronavirus case since yesterday, bringing Roseburg VA totals to 184 cases and 5 deaths.

The Commissioners Response Team reported 230 coronavirus cases over the past two weeks which calculates to a 14-day case rate of 204.9 today for Douglas County, which is Greater than the maximum case rate of 200 required for in-dining restaurants, bars, theaters and health clubs to reopen. Today is the 11th day in a row Douglas County’s 14-day case rate has been 200 or higher.

Mike

The Commissioners Response Team reported 230 coronavirus cases and the OHA reported Douglas County received 3,756 test results over the past two weeks. Dividing 230 cases by 3,756 test results gives Douglas County a 14-day positive test rate of 6.1% today.

The six counties surrounding Douglas County reported 201 new coronavirus cases today and 8 deaths today. The six counties surrounding Douglas County reported 1,256 cases and 35 deaths over the past week.

The Oregon Health Authority reported 831 new coronavirus cases and 11 deaths today in Oregon. Oregon’s 7-day positive test rate is 4.5% today.

The Oregon Health Authority tracks hospital statistics for seven different regions in Oregon. Region 3 consists of Douglas, Coos, Curry and Lane Counties. The OHA reported there are 12 ICU beds and 127 non-ICU beds available in Region 3 today. 31 coronavirus cases are hospitalized in Region 3 today. 13 are in ICU. There were 123 new coronavirus cases reported in Region 3 today.

CitizenJoe

Well, no. At least not for me, yesterday. I received an email from the VA with the invitation as you indicate, but when I clicked on the link and followed the linkies, turns out, one cannot yet sign up for the vaccine; just to get further info in the future; the last paragraph is the clincher:

"Fill out the form below

We’ll send you updates on how we’re providing COVID-19 vaccines across the country—and when you can get your vaccine if you want one. You don't need to sign up to get a vaccine.

Note: The information below is from your VA.gov profile. If you need to make a change, go to your profile now.

Your Profile

and:

We've received your information

Thank you for signing up to stay informed about COVID-19 vaccines at VA. When we have new information to share about our COVID-19 plans and your vaccine options, we'll send you updates by email or text.

You can also visit our main COVID-19 vaccines at VA page for the latest information and answers to common questions.

COVID-19 vaccines at VA | Veterans Affairs

We're working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other federal partners to pr...

Remember: This form doesn’t sign you up to get a vaccine. And you can change your mind about getting a vaccine at any time. We’ll use the information you provided to understand your interest and keep you informed. If you want to update your information later, you can submit a new form."

st paddy

the va is stringing us along as usual

Mike

It was reported the VA received 800 doses of Moderna vaccine on December 21 and several batches since then. I don't know why the local hospitals like the VA and Mercy can not be transparent about how many doses they have received and how many of those doses have been administered. Lack of transparency breeds mistrust.

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