Clackamas County COVID vaccine site opens in Wilsonville
Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue will vaccinate qualified residents and employees working for county and city governments at the Clackamas Community College campus near Wilsonville Town Center.
The facility will open starting Monday, Feb. 22 and run Monday through Friday. Stefan Myers, a TVF&R public affairs officer, said 850 people are scheduled to receive the COVID-19 vaccine this week.
"A lot of the vaccines in our tri-county area are going to the Portland Convention Center or the drive-through at the airport. For our community this is a great resource especially for community members who can't access those options in Portland very easily," Clackamas County Public Health Director Philip Mason-Joyner said.
Vaccinations are available by appointment only through counties within the fire agency's jurisdiction and those who are eligible include residents who meet the current age qualification for vaccinations (70 years or older) and others who are in the vaccination Phase 1A category delineated by the state. This could include police and correctional officers as well as those working in long-term care facilities or outpatient settings and a few other groups. The site will vaccinate younger populations once they are eligible.
"It does allow for there to be more sites for the counties to send people to. And this location, it is a bigger footprint than we're currently working within," Myers said.
TVF&R had provided vaccinations out of its station in North Wilsonville and Myers said a couple benefits of moving the site include the ability to at some point provide drive-through vaccinations and to have the station exclusively for fire services again. To date, the agency has implemented 7,833 doses. Myers said it could scale back or expand operations at the new site depending on need.
The public affairs officer said the city of Wilsonville helped identify the site and that CCC agreed to allow vaccinations on its campus.
Mason-Joyner said the county plans to add more local vaccination sites over time.
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