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Eligible Clackamas County residents line up at mass vaccination site set up by public health officials.

PMG PHOTO: SAM STITES - A Clackamas County resident receives a dose of the COVID-19 vaccination at a pop up site in a parking garage at the Clackamas Town Center. Volunteers from Clackamas Fire, the Community Emergency Response Team and University of Portland nursing students helped Clackamas County's public health division adminster 1,500 COVID-19 vaccinations at the Clackamas Town Center mall on Friday, March 26.

PMG PHOTO: SAM STITES - A volunteer from the University of Portland's nursing program (right) greets a Clackamas County resident and receives their paperwork to begin processing their COVID-19 vaccination appointment at the drive-thru clinic set up at Clackamas Town Center Friday, March 26. The event was the first in a two-day pop-up event at the shopping center where the county is using a parking garage to usher through 3,000 residents this week who are eligible for the shot under the guidelines from Gov. Kate Brown and the Oregon Health Authority. PMG PHOTO: SAM STITES - Two lines of cars snake through the parking garage on the northeast end of the Clackamas Town Center where the county's public health division is administering 3,000 shots between Friday, March 26 and Saturday, March 27.

Clackamas County's effort was part of a larger push to offer vaccinations locally rather than sending Clackamas residents to mass vaccination sites at the Portland International Airport or Oregon Convention Center near downtown Portland. PMG PHOTO: SAM STITES - A needle carrying the COVID-19 vaccine enters the arm of a Clackamas County resident during a drive-thru clinic event on Friday, March 26.

Sites are also scheduled to open this weekend at Sandy High School and next week at Clackamas Community College's Wilsonville campus, the Clackamas County Fairgrounds in Canby and Molalla High School. All appointments for the upcoming vaccination events have been filled. PMG PHOTO: SAM STITES - Volunteers with Clackamas Fire District No. 1, the Community Emergency Response Team and University of Portland's nursing program prepare shots to be adminstered in a drive-thru clinic set up inside a parking garage at the Clackamas Town Center.

According to volunteers with Clackamas Fire, Friday morning began a bit chaotically, with many people showing up well before their scheduled appointments, which led to a long line snaking through the mall parking lot before entering the parking garage at 12000 S.E. 85th Ave. By 11 a.m. the line had thinned and volunteers were hitting their stride.

Several of those in line reported waiting a little under an hour from start to finish.

PMG PHOTO: SAM STITES - Clackamas County Public Information Officer Kimberly Dinwiddie addresses the media at the drive-thru clinic.

Clackamas County Public Information Officer Kimberly Dinwiddie said that the county and its volunteers hoped to perfect the process over the course of the day Friday and will begin again Saturday with few hiccups and more floors of the parking garage used to distribute an additional 2,000 vaccines.

PMG PHOTO: SAM STITES - Volunteers prepare the COVID-19 vaccine to be adminstered at a drive-thru clinic set up at the Clackamas Town Center on Friday, March 26. Dinwiddie said the county is asking those with appointments to be vaccinated Saturday only show up 15 minutes early to their appointment to cut down on traffic and wait times.

PMG PHOTO: SAM STITES - A volunteer gives information to a Clackamas County resident who just received the COVID-19 vaccine while they wait 15 minutes after their shot to exit the parking garage.


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