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Pilot vaccination center focusing on vaccination equity in Southern Oregon

Today FEMA, state and local agencies held a news conference to release more details about the new Community Vaccination Center coming to Jackson County next week.

Posted: Apr 15, 2021 3:12 PM
Updated: Apr 15, 2021 5:26 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. -- Representatives from FEMA, the state of Oregon, and local agencies held a conference with reporters on Thursday about the new Community Vaccination Center (CVC) that will kick off in Jackson County next week.

The CVC is the first of its kind in Oregon and it will focus on reaching hard-to-reach and under-served populations. It will also provide some much-needed relief to our local health workers.

“The people that are providing the support to those most in need are tired,” said Jackson County Emergency Operations Manager, John Vial.

Jackson County Emergency Management says local resources are stretched thin and have been for the past year. Now, they will get some much-needed help in the fight to vaccinate Southern Oregon.

“The state of Oregon requested and FEMA selected Jackson county as a location for the vaccine for to expand vaccine services, to rural and our aggregate agricultural communities, unsheltered populations, and those displaced by wildfires,” said Jana Mclellan, Director for the COVID-19 Response & Recovery with the Oregon Health Authority, “This Expo location was selected as a pilot site, based on a number of factors; it is centrally located to also support vaccination efforts for Josephine and Klamath counties, additionally, the Expo, is known to be a prominent and well loved, site in this community and will be easy for people to access.”

Starting April 19, all Oregonians over the age of 16 are eligible for the vaccine. The goal of the CVC will be to vaccinate as many people as possible within 8 weeks, with a focus on reaching those who have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic.

“We must continue our work to ensure vaccine access to communities of color across the state. Let me repeat myself, we must continue our work to ensure vaccine access to brown and black skin to community members across the state,” said Mclellan.

The CVC will bring in an additional 1,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine each day and will be open seven days a week for eight weeks. It will provide a drive-through clinic, bolster the current walk-in clinic at the Jackson County Expo and it will also provide a mobile unit that will go out into the community.

Right now, a work group of local organizations is evaluating where the mobile unit should go.

“These are grassroots organizations like Unete, Rogue Community Health and LaClinica are all a part of that,” said Tanya Phillips, Health Promotion Manager with Jackson County Public Health, “Oregon Health Authority and those community groups are working together to look at all of the different sites to place the mobile units.”

Some of the potential mobile sites include businesses near farms to reach agricultural workers and hotels where fire victims are staying. There are conversations about potentially sending the mobile unit into Josephine and Klamath counties as well.

“We have seen people who are more privileged, have access to technology, know how to use it, they get the appointments first,” said Phillips, “Our working population, people of color, they don't have those resources so it will be important when we have these mobile sites that they are a priority and some of those competing factors be pushed out so that they have access to the vaccine.”

The CVC will have a soft opening on Tuesday, April 20 with a hard opening on Wednesday, April 21.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

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Cases: 387485

Reported Deaths: 5116
CountyCasesDeaths
Multnomah59768836
Washington41571393
Marion39592504
Clackamas32426376
Lane29856354
Jackson24672350
Deschutes23182185
Umatilla15087180
Linn14488178
Douglas13236286
Josephine10057240
Yamhill9665142
Klamath8979145
Polk813698
Benton605137
Malheur591586
Coos5573106
Columbia423855
Jefferson416865
Lincoln357252
Union336854
Crook330156
Wasco314846
Clatsop258335
Baker217531
Tillamook214345
Hood River211337
Morrow197025
Curry190136
Harney119332
Grant108314
Lake104016
Wallowa74713
Sherman1903
Gilliam1844
Wheeler1141
Unassigned00

California Coronavirus Cases

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Cases: 5061240

Reported Deaths: 74159
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles152548627128
San Diego4047084319
Riverside3849455306
San Bernardino3718825944
Orange3329505675
Sacramento1674002423
Kern1565171781
Fresno1558992246
Santa Clara1511691922
Alameda1246581504
San Joaquin1070001833
Ventura1036461188
Contra Costa1032921045
Stanislaus912991413
Tulare856141082
San Francisco56614669
San Mateo56058629
Monterey52340625
Solano47422356
Santa Barbara47035548
Merced44807664
Sonoma42912412
Placer41881468
Imperial38128769
Kings35038358
San Luis Obispo31294358
Madera26005311
Shasta25917440
Butte25295309
Santa Cruz22028222
Yolo21451257
Marin18342248
El Dorado18166161
Sutter14494181
Napa13372104
Yuba1070088
Tehama10230129
Humboldt10043117
Nevada9914103
Mendocino848894
Lassen792355
San Benito775977
Tuolumne767790
Lake6990110
Amador573766
Siskiyou470954
Glenn455136
Calaveras435685
Del Norte371242
Colusa323519
Inyo254345
Plumas19127
Mono18294
Mariposa156718
Trinity98817
Modoc7475
Unassigned2430
Sierra2170
Alpine1060
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