Vaccination clinic at Chinook Winds Casino Friday, May 14

Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians is having a COVID-19 vaccine event at Chinook Winds Casino on Friday, May 14, from 9:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. This drive through event is open to all Oregon residents ages 18 and up. Pre-registration is required. No insurance information needed. Spanish interpreters available on-site.    To register call 541-444-9636 and leave a message. We will call […]

Getting closer to equity, access and inclusion 

“This is a lot of firsts,” said Senior Pastor Wendell Robinson of Mt. Olivet Baptist Church before sitting down to get his vaccination in the church’s Family Life Center.    It was the first day of the first vaccination clinic at Portland’s first African American Baptist Church. The clinics, a partnership between Providence, Medical Teams International  and Mt. Olivet will be repeated every two weeks as long as there are people needing to be vaccinated.  “We are a perpetual […]

Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center brings equity and fair access to the COVID-19 vaccine

Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) that serves the members of Washington and Yamhill counties through access to high quality, culturally appropriate health care. For more than 46 years Virginia Garcia has offered care to those most vulnerable in their communities.  When COVID-19 began to affect people in Oregon, […]

Volunteers help to make vaccination clinics run smoothly

National Volunteer Week is April 18-24 this year and what better way to celebrate than to highlight the incredible work volunteers are doing to vaccinate folks against COVID-19 right here in Oregon.  At vaccination sites of all sizes, volunteers are showing their dedication to their communities.   Sue Moerer enjoyed a career as a registered nurse and felt it […]

Vaccine Voices: Brittany Dorris

Brittany Dorris, a fifth-grade teacher in the Bethel School District in Eugene, shares her story: I received both doses of the Moderna vaccine at a vaccination clinic held at Lane Community College. The opportunity was provided to me by my school district to help vaccinate our school staff before the return to in-person instruction. I […]

A closer look at eligibility groups: More about frontline workers

On Monday, April 5, several new groups will become eligible statewide for the COVID-19 vaccine. One of these is frontline workers. 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 6 feet); and […]

More than 1,000 people vaccinated at pilot event in Morrow County

In late March, the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) and Morrow County Public Health co-hosted a pilot vaccination event in Boardman for agricultural workers. Migrant and seasonal farmworkers became eligible for vaccination in 22 counties on March 22 and across all of Oregon on March 29. “This event helped save lives,” said Jorge Martinez Zapata, OHA’s […]

Federally Qualified Health Centers can vaccinate anyone they serve

As of March 26, all of Oregon’s COVID-19 vaccine-enrolled Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) can vaccinate anyone — regardless of whether they are outside the state’s currently eligible groups — to ensure the COVID-19 vaccines are distributed equitably to all people in Oregon. Oregon’s FQHCs reach people who might not otherwise have access to health […]

Vaccine Voices: Promoting equitable access at Celilo Village

“Our Longhouse is a place of worship, and we haven’t been able to use it during COVID,” says Karen Whitford, a Tribal Elder who lives 12 miles east of the Dalles in Celilo Village. On Jan. 27, after a ceremonial prayer, Whitford and 103 Tribal members from throughout the Columbia River Gorge received first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine at the Longhouse. It was a vaccination event that required collaboration between two states, four counties, the Intertribal […]

OHA publishes new web tool listing vaccine providers

OHA has added a new dashboard tool showing sites verified by the Oregon Immunization Program to receive and administer COVID-19 vaccines. Being displayed on this dashboard does not mean sites have received COVID-19 vaccine doses, are administering COVID-19 vaccines onsite or have COVID-19 vaccines in their inventory. The new dashboard tool shows progress in enrolling […]