Oregon expands vaccine eligibility to everyone 16+, Eugene considering new city camping plan

Oregonians 16+ now eligible for the COVID vaccine

Oregon cleared vaccine eligibility to everyone 16 years of age and older on Monday, April 19. Eugene/Springfield residents have many options to schedule a vaccine appointment from pharmacies to White Bird Clinic to Lane County Public Health to the University of Oregon.

Oregon is in the middle of the fourth surge of COVID cases, with 888 cases reported Saturday, something not seen in several months. The spike is being seen in Lane County, including in the K-12 population. With the rise Lane County says it “highly likely” that the county will return to the High Risk level Friday, April 23.

Eugene considering plan for car and tent camping sites

The City of Eugene presented a new plan that would provide up to 300 “Safe Tent Camp Sites” and 200 “Safe Car Camp Sites” for six months. Under this ordinance the City would also “demobilize” the Washington Jefferson and 13th & Chambers sites where the unhoused are staying, meaning folks would no longer be able to stay in those areas. The Council will hold a hearing on April 26 for this proposed ordinance.

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