Vaccine Voices: “You matter. You deserve it. That’s how we serve our community.”  

With 500 vaccination clinics and counting, the Vaccine Operations Team Equity’s (VOTE) mission is to help communities throughout Oregon access, understand and feel more confident about getting vaccinated. VOTE’s work is especially critical for people in Oregon disproportionately affected by COVID-19, and those who have historically faced health disparities.     To reach its goal, VOTE collaborates with more than 150 community-based organizations to reach people through trusted community partners that bring energy, […]

Looking for a COVID-19 vaccine or booster? Check out these updated vaccination sites

You can protect yourself against all COVID-19 variants by getting vaccinated and getting a booster if you are eligible. Sites around the state are accommodating large numbers of people seeking vaccinations. These “high-volume” sites offer all three COVID-19 vaccines and are open to everyone eligible for a COVID-19 vaccination or booster. There is no cost and you do not need to register.

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 […]