Several counties have requested the assistance of the Oregon National Guard in vaccination efforts.
PORTLAND, Oregon – Oregon Gov. Kate Brown toured the Jackman Long Building at the Oregon State Fair in Salem on Wednesday to see the mass vaccination operation underway at Salem Health.
“Honestly, it’s a star for Oregon right now,” Governor Brown said, referring to a hall full of people receiving pictures of COVID-19.
We will probably see more events like this in the state, especially now that the governor has opened the next group of those who receive photos for everyone aged 65 and over, as well as for teachers.
According to the Census Bureau, Oregon has 767,000 people aged 65 and over.
“This is a very replicable model and we hope we can replicate it in Portland and South Oregon and Central Oregon,”
Exactly how the mass vaccination events will take place, no one is guessing at the moment.
Approximately 10 counties have asked the state for help by submitting requests to Oregon for emergency management, according to a spokesman.
Marion County has asked for 40 members of the National Guard who can give vaccines. These are the soldiers working with Salem Health. Another 15 security guards help with road and administrative tasks.
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Josephine and Jackson counties have asked for a mass vaccination site and guards to take pictures, monitor quality control and ensure security.
The Earls of Douglas, Deshut and Clacamas also asked the National Guard for support for the events.
Wasco County has requested a facility where they can do mass vaccinations.
Multnoma County submitted a request sent to them by Kaiser Permanente for support from the National Guard.
Kaiser plans to begin mass vaccinations at the Oregon Convention Center next week, said spokesman Michael Foley. The events will involve people in phase 1a of the national vaccine distribution plan and will not be open to the public.
Portland’s largest hospitals are now working together to help get as many photos of Category 1a people as possible.
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A spokeswoman for Tamara Hargens-Bradley of the University of Oregon Health and Science (OHSU) said the hospital would continue its clinic, which opened for the first time last weekend.
“This weekend, OHSU will once again host COVID-19 vaccination clinics to display approximately 3,000 SEIU 503s and independent home health, first aid and community health workers in phase 1A,” Hargens-Bradley said.
“Last weekend, OHSU staff in all missions volunteered to guide, register, vaccinate and monitor 2,194 of these frontline employees at our test sites at the Hillsboro Stadium and Convention Center,” she added.
The governor’s announcement on Tuesday caught many people. Hospitals are working to figure out how and where they can operate mass vaccination sites in the Portland area, according to Becky Hultberg, chief executive of the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems.
“They are moving to mass vaccination sites,” Hultberg said. “Again, I think details will appear on these sites. However, it will be really important that people don’t just appear on these sites once they are available. We will probably use a planning model because there are so many people who meet the conditions. in the cohort over the age of 65, we can’t just make everyone show up. “
Governor Brown promised more details on Friday. Meanwhile, she and others ask that if you are 65 or older, do not call your doctor asking where and when you can get vaccinated. They still don’t know because it’s still being developed.
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