On Jan. 11, Clackamas Fire began vaccinating frontline firefighters and paramedics with 400 doses of the Moderna vaccine made available through Clackamas County Public Health.
Fire Chief Fred Charlton said, "Partnering with Clackamas County Public Health allows Clackamas Fire to access the needed vaccinations to help keep our first responders safe and healthy as we continue to respond to the needs of the communities we serve."
As firefighters and paramedics begin to be vaccinated, Clackamas Fire plans to "remain diligent" in taking the steps necessary, including the continued use of face coverings, to keep the community safe.
Clackamas Fire's vaccination process will include the use of Points of Distribution (PODs) that are set up "to safely and efficiently move personnel through the vaccine process" staffed internally by Clackamas Fire personnel representing its emergency medical and health and wellness departments, according to the agency.
Clackamas Fire is currently involved in community distribution for at-risk groups for the flu vaccine and has plans to assist Clackamas County Public Health in vaccinating members of the public for COVID-19 as doses become available and a timeline is established.
Clackamas Fire first inoculated its personnel and then planned to administer the COVID-19 vaccine to first responders from neighboring public safety agencies over the next few weeks. Those agencies include: Gladstone Fire Department; Hoodland Fire District #74; Sandy Fire District #72; Life Flight Network; Gladstone Police Department; Milwaukie Police Department; Oregon City Police Department; Sandy Police Department; and City of Happy Valley Code Enforcement.
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