|Hoodland Fire and Clackamas County team up for vaccine clinic posted on 05/01/2021|
The Hoodland Fire District (HFD) will hold a COVID-19
vaccination clinic with Clackamas County in late spring to provide access to
the vaccine for community members in the region. The clinic is tentatively
scheduled for Wednesday, May 12 with the goal of having 500 vaccinations to
distribute at the main station, located at 69634 Hwy. 26 in Welches.
“(The district) realized that there is an unmet need in the
community for a local option for Covid-19 vaccinations. Partnering with
Clackamas County gives us the capabilities to meet this need and help our
community get vaccinated,” HFD District Fire Chief James Price said.
The county has partnered with fire districts throughout the
county to distribute the vaccine.
“Clackamas County is committed to bringing a clinic to the
mountain communities,” Clackamas County Public Information Officer Kimberly
Dinwiddie said. “For the clinics we work with community groups to provide
access for people typically underserved at other events. We realize that in the
rural and mountainous areas of the county, going to the convention center or
airport in Portland doesn’t always work for our residents.”
Dinwiddie added the clinic was in the early planning stages
and the date was still very flexible.
“It all comes down to vaccine supply,” she said.
Supply chain issues on the federal and state level have
impacted the distribution of doses allocated for the county. Dinwiddie added
that the county will not know until two weeks before the clinic if the
anticipated 500 doses are available on that date or if the clinic will have to
be rescheduled later in the spring.
Price noted that HFD discussed working with the Oregon Trail
School District and the Mt. Hood Lions Club to coordinate the event, as well as
the Hoodland Senior Center to help provide access to the vaccine for community
members who need additional assistance with sign up or transportation.
The clinic will be held by appointment, available through
the county website at www.clackamas.us/coronavirus/vaccine or by phone at
503-655-8224. Dinwiddie noted that the county will work with community groups
to provide access to underrepresented groups before opening the reservations up
to county residents online.
Dinwiddie added that reservations for other clinics have
filled within the afternoon of being made available online.
“We’re asking for people’s patience with the process,” she
Other clinics will be available throughout the county as
more vaccine supply becomes available.
“We’d love to be in the position to have ongoing clinics
throughout the county,” Dinwiddie said.
HFD will post information and updates about the clinic on
the district’s website at https://www.hoodlandfire.us and on Facebook at
https://www.facebook.com/Hoodlandfire. Information about the status of the
clinic will also be available through the county’s website at
By Ben Simpson/MT