COVID-19 vaccination clinic Thursday

A drive-through COVID-19 vaccination and testing clinic will be held Thursday, Oct. 28, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Malheur County Fairgrounds, 790 NW 9th St. in Ontario. Moderna and Johnson and Johnson boosters will be available, as well as all doses of all three vaccines, and vaccine recipients will receive a $25 gift card.

Enter through the southern entrance to the fairgrounds, off 9th Street, and follow signage and verbal instructions. There will be two lines for vaccines, in an effort to move the line more quickly, but don’t forget to allow for an observation period lasting 15 minutes after your injection.

Reminder: if you have already received a dose, or two doses of vaccine, please bring your vaccine card, or show a photo of your vaccine card, to save time.

For information about who qualifies for a booster dose, follow the links on this post.

This will be the last drive-through event at the fairgrounds this year, due to cooler temperatures.

Moderna, J&J boosters available now

The Oregon Health Authority team will administer Moderna and Johnson & Johnson booster doses, as well as first, second and third doses of Moderna and Pfizer, first doses of J&J and booster doses of Pfizer today at the Malheur County Fairgrounds, 790 NW 9th St., in Ontario, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. At the same time, the Malheur County ICS team will offer COVID-19 rapid testing.

Thursday, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the ICS team will offer vaccines, including booster doses, and the OHA will provide COVID-19 testing, with results coming back in a few days.

OHA graphic repeats information in post.

More information about booster doses can be found here.

Information about which conditions make people more likely to get very ill from COVID-19 is here.

If you aren’t sure whether to get your child vaccinated against COVID-19, some information is here.

Some frequently asked questions and their answers are here.

Beginning Nov. 3, every Wednesday in November and December (except the weeks of Thanksgiving and Christmas), the Malheur County Health Department will offer extended hours in its clinic, opening from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. for walk-in clients who wish to receive a vaccine (COVID-19, flu, childhood vaccines, etc.). Additionally, in anticipation of the FDA and CDC’s authorization of COVID-19 doses for children 5-11 years old, MCHD has planned two Saturday drive-through vaccination clinics – Nov. 13 and Dec. 4, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the firehouse at the Ontario Municipal Airport, 581 SW 33rd St., in Ontario.

Every person who receives a dose of any of the COVID-19 vaccines will receive a $25 gift card.

When can you get your Moderna booster?

With the FDA’s announcement Wednesday that it has authorized boosters for the Moderna and Johnson and Johnson vaccines, the Health Department has been receiving questions about when those vaccine boosters will be available in Malheur County.

There are a few steps which need to take place prior to delivering boosters in Malheur County. This graphic shows some of the steps:

Wednesday’s action was Step 3, and the recommendation now goes to the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. The remaining steps could be completed in the next few weeks, so watch this space for updates and information.

MCHD Recovery Outreach events cancelled this week

Malheur County Health Department’s Recovery Outreach events will be cancelled this week. These events include Walk-Through Wednesday, Thursday’s event at Origins and Friday at the Bottle Drop.

Safe use supplies are available during regular business hours, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Health Department office, 1108 SW 4th St. in Ontario. For assistance, please call 541-709-8539 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.

If this is an emergency, please call the Suicide Prevention Line at 1-800-273-8255 or Lifeways Crisis Line at 541-889-9167 or 1-800-995-9169.

Weekend peace of mind

If you have plans for the weekend, but want to make sure you won’t infect your friends with COVID-19, don’t forget the free testing and vaccine event happening today at the Malheur County Fairgrounds, 795 NW 9th St., in Ontario.

In partnership with the Oregon Health Authority, Malheur County’s ICS team, will be at the Fairgrounds until 4 p.m. today, and every Thursday, offering PCS tests with results emailed to the patient, and all three COVID-19 vaccines for those who wish to have one. Pfizer doses will be available to anyone age 12 and up (with parental consent required for those age 12-15). Pfizer third doses and booster doses will also be available to those who qualify. Details are here. Moderna doses will be available for people age 18 and up, and third doses are available for those who qualify. Booster doses are not yet approved for Moderna. J&J is available as a one-dose vaccine only at this time for ages 18+. $25 gift cards for every dose given. We hope to have Pfizer approved for ages 5+ late this month or early November, so stay tuned to malheurhealth.org for updates.

Leon is a Registered Nurse in the local Emergency Department. He sees patients come in with severe COVID-19 symptoms almost daily. He recently received his booster dose of the Pfizer vaccine, and said he made the decision to protect himself, his patients and his family, including a son who is too young to be vaccinated.

Please share these flyers with others, and help protect your loved ones from this virus.

Second weekday testing and vaccination clinic added

Angela chose to get a second dose of COVID-19 vaccine because “It is required for my job. I give service to migrant families – much of it face-to-face – this makes me feel like I can give better service, and I’m not scared of giving someone the Covid.”

Vaccinations and testing are available Tuesdays at the Malheur County Fairgrounds, 795 NW 9th St., Ontario, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 7, COVID-19 tests will be available from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Beginning Oct. 14, vaccinations and testing will be available on Thursdays through October from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Events will all be held at the fairgrounds.

All three vaccines will be available, with third doses of Pfizer and Moderna available for those who qualify, and booster doses of Pfizer for those who qualify. For more information on third doses and booster doses, the Oregon Health Authority has information here.

Testing and vaccination Tuesdays and Thursdays at Malheur County Fairgrounds

Free COVID-19 testing and vaccination is available every Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. through October, at the Malheur County Fairgrounds, 795 NW 9th St. in Ontario.

Members of the Malheur County Incident Command System, the Oregon Health Authority, as well as volunteers from local nonprofits, will be on hand to provide the Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines, including third doses and booster doses, to those who qualify.

COVID-19 and ethnicity

COVID-19 affects certain racial and ethnic groups more severely than it does others, and because of that disparity, the state has asked local Health Departments to create a plan to address vaccination of various racial and ethnic groups which are more at risk of severe illness or death from COVID-19. Malheur County’s plan was approved by the state in August, and between late August and late September, MCHD tracked the number of people who self-identify as different ethnicities to see how we’re doing with vaccinating those groups against COVID-19. Malheur County was grouped with Harney, Lake and Klamath counties for population and vaccination numbers, so the graph below shows percentages from all four counties combined. The blue bars show vaccination numbers as of Aug. 31, 2021, and the orange show vaccination numbers as of Sept. 29, 2021. The Health Department and our non-profit partners are making progress to address the vaccination gaps. If you have suggestions on how we might do that, please let us know by calling 541-889-7279 or commenting on this post. The goal is to have 80 percent of our population vaccinated, so we can put an end to this pandemic, and we need your help! Talk to your health care provider about getting vaccinated – your provider will be able to answer any questions you have about the vaccines; tell your family, friends and neighbors about the various vaccination events taking place around the county, suggest to event organizers that they add vaccination to their event, or even volunteer at one of the county’s vaccination events. As they say, it takes a village, and we are looking to our village to help us increase the numbers on this graph.

County crosses COVID-19 threshold

This week, Malheur County saw its 5,000th case of COVID-19 since the pandemic began. With fewer than 10,000 eligible county residents fully vaccinated, case numbers will continue to increase. Since March of 2020, 69 Malheur County residents have died with COVID-19, and yesterday 14 Malheur County residents were reported hospitalized with COVID-19.

Free drive-up testing and vaccinations are available throughout October at the Malheur County Fairgrounds, 795 NW 9th St., in Ontario Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Third doses of Moderna and Pfizer vaccines are available for people who are immunocompromised, and booster doses of the Pfizer vaccine will be available to people whose last dose of the Pfizer vaccine was six months ago or more, and who meet the following criteria:

Those who should receive a booster dose of Pfizer:

  • Adults age 65 and older and those living in long-term care facilities
  • Adults age 50-64 with underlying medical conditions or who are at increased risk of social inequities

Those who may receive a booster dose:

Adults age 18 through 64 years:

  • with underlying medical conditions, or
  • who are at increased risk for SARS-CoV-2 exposure or transmission because of where they work or live.

Proof of qualification is not needed.