Health Department offers all-day vaccine clinics in April

Angie Gerrard, RN/BSN

In response to expanding eligibility in Oregon, the Malheur County Health Department has lengthened the hours of its weekly COVID-19 vaccine clinics starting this Thursday. Throughout the month of April, clinics will take place every Thursday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. First and second doses of Moderna vaccine will be available throughout.

“With eligibility opening up to most adults in Malheur County, we felt that an all-day clinic was the best approach. People can stop by at their convenience, whether it’s before or after work, at lunch or during a break in activities,” said MCHD Communicable Disease Coordinator Angie Gerrard, RN/BSN. “I know we’re all eager to put this pandemic behind us, and vaccination of a large percentage of the community is what will allow us to do that. We know these vaccines are safe and life-saving, and we want make the process of getting the vaccine as easy for people as possible.”

Once inside, the vaccine process takes anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour to complete. The last few clinics have had little to no wait time to enter. To speed up the process, people can print and fill out the two required forms – Vaccine Screening & Consent English/Español and Pre-Vaccination Checklist English/Español – and bring them to the clinic. No other paperwork or documentation is required.

COVID-19 vaccine eligibility opened last week to the following groups:

  • All adults 45-64 with underlying health conditions
  • Migrant and seasonal farm workers
  • Seafood and agricultural workers
  • Food processing workers
  • People living in low-income senior housing, senior congregate and independent living
  • Individuals experiencing homelessness
  • People currently displaced by wildfires
  • Wildland firefighters
  • Pregnant people 16 and older

On Monday, these groups will be added:

  • Frontline workers as defined by CDC
  • Individuals living in a multigenerational household
  • Adults 16–44 with one or more underlying health conditions with increased risk

For more information about each of these populations and a full list of eligible groups, click here for English, or here for Español.

Two more COVID-19 vaccine clinics scheduled at Four Rivers Cultural Center

The Malheur County Health Department and Incident Command team will host indoor COVID-19 vaccine clinics at the Four Rivers Cultural Center tomorrow beginning at 1 p.m., and on Thursday, March 4 beginning at 1 p.m. Tomorrow’s clinic is open to people who are in Phase 1a and Phase 1b Groups1-4. The clinic on March 4 will be open to the same group, plus people age 65 and older. Vaccine recipients must live or work in Oregon.

Tomorrow’s outside temperature is expected to be just above freezing at 1 p.m., so please dress accordingly. Although the event takes place indoors, participants will likely be required to stand in line outdoors for a period of time. If you are unable to stand for an hour or more, please consider bringing something to sit on. You may also bring someone to stand in line for you while you wait in your vehicle. Please use the south entrance of the cultural center, near the theater. The back parking lot, located between the cultural center and TVCC’s Weese Building, will provide the closest access. Several wheelchairs will be available for use. 

Tomorrow’s clinic will distribute roughly 500 first doses, and the March 4 event will distribute roughly 300 first doses, of the Moderna vaccine on a first-come, first-served basis. Both events are scheduled until 4 p.m. or until vaccine runs out. There is no out-of-pocket cost for the vaccine. Administration fees will be billed to insurance when insurance is available; please bring your insurance card(s). You are also asked to wear a mask.

The Four Rivers Cultural Center is located at 676 SW 5th Ave, Ontario, OR 97914.

A booster clinic is scheduled this Saturday, Feb. 27, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Four Rivers Cultural Center for people who received their first dose of Moderna vaccine on Jan. 30. It is closed to all others.

Know someone who is eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine?

The Malheur County Health Department will host COVID-19 vaccine clinics every Thursday at the Four Rivers Cultural Center, as long as vaccine continues to be available. Our next clinic is this Thursday, Feb. 11. Please help us spread the word to those who are eligible – everyone in Phase 1a, and Groups 1 and 2 of Phase 1b. Download and share this flyer, available in English and Spanish.