January 25, 2021 3:30 a.m.

753 eligible residents received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on Saturday, at the Douglas County Fairgrounds.

That surpassed the goal of getting 600 people vaccinated.

Aviva Health organized the mass vaccination event. Vaccines were given to those in groups two and three of the Oregon Health Authority’s Phase 1a vaccine prioritization schedule. That included health care workers, people doing non-emergency medical transport and caregivers. County Public Health Officer Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer said as there were some open standby slots, those were given to educators, who were also vaccinated.

Over 100 volunteers helped with different aspects of getting people vaccinated. Those assisting came from groups like the Douglas Public Health Network, Douglas County government, the Umpqua Community College nursing program, the Douglas Education Service District, and Umpqua Health Alliance, along with Aviva.

Organizers said while the goal is to plan more events for eligible populations, that will depend on the availability of vaccine doses.

An event video created by Aviva Health is posted: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-p2CDphIjZM&feature=youtu.be

Pictures from Douglas Hall taken before the event began, are posted with our story at www.541radio.com