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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: 205030

Reported Deaths: 2730
CountyCasesDeaths
Multnomah40113612
Washington26647247
Marion23258322
Clackamas18748234
Lane13772158
Jackson11420146
Deschutes993180
Umatilla851786
Linn550479
Klamath475377
Yamhill474779
Polk393755
Douglas378580
Malheur359763
Josephine352972
Benton323922
Jefferson235738
Coos215737
Columbia188629
Union148724
Wasco143429
Lincoln141221
Crook127423
Hood River121633
Morrow115016
Clatsop10268
Baker99215
Curry68510
Tillamook6604
Grant5477
Lake4667
Harney4149
Wallowa1945
Gilliam751
Sherman661
Wheeler351
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Cases: 3801728

Reported Deaths: 63193
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Los Angeles124612924434
Riverside3013124618
San Bernardino2989764788
San Diego2812033770
Orange2726505103
Santa Clara1198942175
Kern1106041400
Sacramento1071991718
Fresno1027831720
Alameda893401285
Ventura815541028
San Joaquin744011432
Contra Costa70276810
Stanislaus631901068
Tulare49758849
Monterey43791419
San Mateo42604581
San Francisco37189555
Santa Barbara34572460
Solano33569266
Merced32253474
Sonoma30688323
Imperial28799741
Placer23345298
Kings23166247
San Luis Obispo21405261
Madera16586245
Santa Cruz16202208
Marin14170229
Yolo14118212
Shasta12580232
Butte12576194
El Dorado10339116
Napa998680
Sutter9614112
Yuba644850
San Benito609563
Lassen577524
Tehama571663
Nevada487875
Humboldt441546
Mendocino427450
Tuolumne418569
Amador372147
Lake355245
Glenn242527
Siskiyou238637
Colusa227918
Calaveras220056
Del Norte14488
Inyo143438
Mono12954
Plumas7356
Modoc5344
Mariposa4617
Trinity4165
Sierra1130
Alpine890
Unassigned330
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