Vaccine Clinics at Bandon Community Center

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Article update, April 8: Please refer to registration details for each vaccination event for the latest eligibility guidelines.


Local health organizations are working with state and county health departments to administer free COVID-19 vaccines at health centers, pharmacies and community venues such as the Bandon Community Center.

Weekly vaccine supply and phased eligibility guidelines influence distribution and event planning. Those who want to register for a vaccine event or join a waitlist have several options.

Contact with your primary care provider is a good place to start. Vaccines are available at some primary care offices. That means patients may be able to receive a vaccine where they usually visit their doctor or nurse practitioner.

Coos County residents, including those who do not have a primary care provider, can join the notification list with Coos Health and Wellness. Those who register can expect notification from a local health provider when vaccines are offered at health centers or public venues such as the Bandon Community Center. Registration is open to all adult members of the community, available online at CoosHealthandWellness.org or by phone 541-266-6700.

Curry Health Network also offers waitlist registration online for Curry County residents.

Monday clinics with Southern Coos Hospital & Health Center

Southern Coos Hospital and Health Center will hold Community COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics each Monday at the Bandon Community Center until further notice.

Vaccine supply is limited, and advance registration is required.

Register Online with the Block It Now app

Call the Southern Coos COVID-19 Hotline: 541-329-1032

Visit the Southern Coos Hospital & Health Center website

Eligibility

The Oregon Health Authority has expanded vaccine eligibility to more residents. Previously eligible groups still qualify, including those age 65 and older, health professionals, care givers and school district employees.

Beginning April 5, Group 7 will be able to receive the vaccine. Those eligible in that group include:
• Frontline workers as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
• Individuals living in multigenerational households
• Adults ages 16-44 with one or more underlying health condition with increased risk

A frontline worker is someone who has a job that puts them at higher risk for contracting COVID-19 because of regular close contact with others outside of their household (less than six feet); routine (more than 15 minutes) close contact with others outside of their household; and they are not able to perform their job duties from home or another setting that limits the close or routine contact with others outside their household.

Multigenerational household means a household where people from three or more generations live, such as a home where an elder lives with a parent and grandchild; or those 50 years and older residing with and caring for a relative who is not their own child (i.e. a grandchild, niece or nephew).

Additional eligibility includes adults ages 45 to 64 with one or more underlying conditions as well as several subgroups.

For a complete list of subgroups, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

• Migrant and seasonal farm workers
• Seafood and agricultural workers
• Food processing workers
• People living in low-income, senior, congregate and independent living facilities
• Sheltered and unsheltered individuals experiencing houselessness
• People displaced by wildfires
• Wildland firefighters
• Pregnant people 16 and over

Underlying health conditions with increased risk as defined by the CDC:

• Cancer
• Chronic kidney disease
• COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
• Down Syndrome
• Heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies
• Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from solid organ transplant or HIV
• Obesity (BMI greater than or equal to 30 kg/m2)
• Pregnancy
• Sickle cell disease
• Type 2 diabetes mellitus

COVID-19 Resources from Southern Coos Hospital & Health Center

Vaccine Safety and Effectiveness

Vaccine appointments have filled quickly from the start of the vaccination rollout, noted Scott McEachern, speaking for Southern Coos Hospital & Health Center.

“The demand is so high,” he said. “People really want to get their vaccines.”

Southern Coos staff understand that residents may have questions about vaccine safety and efficacy. And they offer research and testing results to help answer those questions.

Safe and effective vaccines play a huge part in slowing the spread of COVID-19 and making a return to normal life a possibility. The federal Food and Drug Administration requires rigorous safety testing before it will approve any vaccine. Tens of thousands of people from many diverse backgrounds, age groups, and geographic locations participated in COVID-19 vaccine testing.

Based on the data collected, the FDA authorized three different vaccines for emergency use in the United States: the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, the Moderna vaccine and the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Following further independent review by nationally acclaimed scientists with expertise in immunizations and public health, all three vaccines were deemed safe and effective.

Millions of Americans have now been vaccinated, and strict ongoing checks show no safety concerns. It will take some time before every Oregonian who wants to get vaccinated can do so. Oregon Health Authority has been following a phased approach to vaccination and is steadily working through the vaccine phases.

Leading by Example

Southern Coos Hospital & Health Center has vaccinated a high percentage of its healthcare workers. Per federal guidelines, organizations, even hospitals, are not allowed to mandate the vaccine for their employees. However, SCHHC strongly encourages employees to be vaccinated.

In addition, mandatory masking, COVID-19 screening, distancing, and sanitizing protocols are in place for the entire SCHHC campus and for vaccine clinics at the Bandon Community Center.

To learn more about vaccinations in Oregon, visit the SCHHC COVID-19 web page -or- the Oregon Health Authority COVID-19 Response page.

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