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Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center will also staff the Beaverton-area vaccination site.

PMG PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Pamela Stone receives the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at the Portland International Airport this past spring.With the assistance of local partners, the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency will be working to vaccinate Beaverton-area residents against COVID-19 this month.

FEMA is setting up shop on the campus of Tektronix, one of Washington County's largest and most prominent employers, until the Independence Day weekend. The federal agency's mobile vaccination unit will be in the parking lot of Tektronix Building 38, at the corner of Southwest Terman Road and Zworkykin Avenue in Beaverton, from Friday, June 18, through Friday, July 2.

The mobile vaccination unit will then return to Tektronix on July 20 to serve people who need their second Pfizer dose, as well as those who couldn't get vaccinated before.

"Every person deserves easy access to the COVID-19 vaccine, and we're pleased to open our Tektronix campus to help make that possible," said Neil Simon, Tektronix global communications director, in a statement.

Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center will assist FEMA in staffing the mobile vaccination unit. Virginia Garcia, a nonprofit health provider that operates in Washington and Yamhill counties, has experience with operating mobile vaccination clinics and has already been providing vaccinations at various sites throughout the two counties this year.

"There are still many individuals in our communities that have not had their vaccine due to accessibility," said Gil Muñoz, Virginia Garcia's chief executive officer, in a statement from Virginia Garcia. "We want to do everything we can to remove those barriers and provide a convenient place to go and get vaccinated."

Vaccinations are free of charge. No identification or proof of insurance is required.

The Tektronix site will be able to provide up to 500 vaccinations per day, according to Virginia Garcia. It will offer the Pfizer two-dose and Johnson & Johnson single-dose vaccines, both of which have been authorized for large-scale use by federal and state regulators.

Vaccinations won't be offered Monday and Tuesday at Tektronix. The mobile vaccination unit will serve walk-ins from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

The vaccination site is open to anyone in the community age 12 and older. However, 12-, 13- and 14-year-olds will need to present a completed consent form signed by a parent or legal guardian.

Translation services will be available on request, and forms will be available in several languages.

Those receiving the vaccine should expect to stay for 15 minutes after getting their shot for observation. Virginia Garcia staff will handle that process, as well as administering vaccines and registering visitors.

Washington County is also a partner in the endeavor.

"We are very grateful to Virginia Garcia and FEMA for vaccinating more community members. It is critical that we close the vaccination equity gap in Washington County, and we believe this collaboration and additional resources will help us to do that," stated Tricia Mortell, Washington County public health manager, in the announcement from Virginia Garcia.

COURTESY PHOTO: TEKTRONIX - Tektronix President Pat Byrne unveils a new company logo in 2016.

By Mark Miller
Editor-in-Chief, Washington and Columbia counties
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