Salem Health Expands COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic to all Community Phase 1a Groups

Posted on January 6, 2021

Salem, OR – Beginning Thursday, Jan. 7, Salem Health, in partnership with Marion County Public Health, will expand their vaccine clinic to the Oregon State Fairgrounds and Expo Center. All individuals living or working in Marion County and included in the Oregon Health Authority’s Phase 1a Vaccine Sequencing Plan are invited to receive a vaccination.

“Over the past few weeks we have quickly vaccinated our employees and medical staff in order to protect our patients and those who care for them,” said Cheryl Wolfe, Salem Health president and CEO. “Now we are ready to help distribute vaccines, first to other Phase 1a groups, and more broadly as additional vaccine is available and regulators direct.”

Today, the OHA announced that all individuals in Phase 1a, Groups 1-4 are eligible for vaccine at this time. These groups include the following:

  • Health care personnel at hospitals, urgent care clinics
  • Health Care personnel and residents from skilled nursing, long term care and memory care facilities
  • Tribal health programs
  • EMS providers and other first responders
  • Individuals who work in hospice programs; mobile crisis care and related services, and secure transport;
  • Individuals working in correctional settings
  • Health care personnel in outpatient settings, public health and early learning
  • In-home care; day treatment services; death care workers
  • Non-emergency medical transport

The vaccine clinic will operate at the Jackman Long Building at the Oregon State Fair and Expo Center, 2330 17th St NE, Salem. The clinic will be open the following hours:

  • Thursday Jan. 7 and Friday, Jan. 8 —  8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, Jan. 9 and Sunday, Jan. 10 — 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Monday, Jan. 11 — 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Ongoing hours will be determined by vaccine availability.

Individuals seeking a vaccination will be required to wear a mask or face covering. Individuals who arrive to be vaccinated will be asked to attest to their eligibility as a member of OHA’s Phase 1A groups. Individuals should bring their insurance cards, as insurance will be billed for administration of the vaccine. If you are feeling sick, please stay home.

“Protecting our first responders and the most vulnerable is the right thing to do. This is another step in that direction,” said Wolfe. “We’ve focused on building a scalable and sustainable vaccine model that can be replicated with community partners as more vaccine becomes available and additional groups are eligible for vaccination. When the time comes, we want to quickly vaccinate our entire community.”

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