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Among those giving free COVID-19 shots to people who need them, in Inner Southeast, are firefighters

DAVID F. ASHTON - PF&R Fire Inspector Eric Heard gives a COVID-19 vaccine injection to Martin Negrete at Lane Middle School. In an effort to provide the free COVID-19 vaccine to as many people as possible, Multnomah County Aging, Disability, and Veterans Services teamed up with Portland Fire & Rescue (PF&R) to provide the needed shots in neighborhood-convenient settings.

On Friday, July 30, one of these "vaccine clinics" appeared in the foyer of Lane Middle School, in the Brentwood-Darlington neighborhood.

"This program started when our Fire Chief Sarah Boone reached out to the Multnomah County Care Coordinator, Lisa Reslock," explained PF&R Firefighter and EMT Trainer Christine Pezzulo, as she drew up another injection.

"The way this program, 'Meds on Wheels', is set up – Multnomah County is providing the vaccine, and taking care of the clerical work; and we're doing the injections," Pezzulo told THE BEE.

It was simple for those seeking an injection. Walk in, provide some information, and get the shot. If you missed that clinic and need the shot, keep your eyes open for another clinic near you – or check with your pharmacist or primary care doctor.

Most of the hospitalizations for the Delta Variant of COVID-19 have been of the unvaccinated, so don't put off getting your shot.


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