Creating opportunities for youth with disabilities and their families to get vaccinated

When they received the news that their organization would receive Health Equity Grant funds to reduce the sense of isolation in children with disabilities and their families, Creating Opportunities put on their khaki shorts and started planning a big drive-thru safari event. As a community-based organization for families of children and adults with developmental disabilities […]

Give it your best shot: NAMI Clackamas offers community vaccination celebration

Hope, health, acceptance and community make up NAMI Clackamas’s vision for everyone impacted by mental health issues. That same vision has led the organization’s efforts since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Originally founded as a fully volunteer-run organization, NAMI Clackamas is now staffed, but still relies on strong volunteer commitment to support and advocate […]

Trust and accessibility make an impact at vaccine clinic in a Gresham flea market

Manuel Bejarano cares deeply about getting people in his community vaccinated, and not long ago he had an idea about how he could help make that easier for them. Manuel is the Business Manager at Paisanos Plaza, a flea market in East Multnomah County where the vendors and most of the customers belong to the Latino/Latina/Latinx community.   Manuel has wanted to bring free dental and medical services to Paisanos for a […]

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 […]