Vaccination clinic for shelter workers sets stage for future efforts – Portland, Oregon

Portland, Oregon 2021-01-17 01:24:15 –

Hundreds of vaccinations will be given to shelter workers at the clinic on Friday, with the potential to help future clinics.

Portland, Oregon (KOIN) — Continued deployment of coronavirus vaccines in Oregon gives shelter workers appropriate doses to prevent illness and require isolation for several weeks at a time It is important to do. The health of those workers means they can continue to serve those in need.

To date, hundreds of shelter workers have been vaccinated against COVID-19. Multnomah County Health hosted the clinic on Friday and took those shots in the arms of an essential worker.

Dennis Terio of the Multnomah County Homeless Service Joint Office told KOIN 6 News that state officials are working on a priority list of vaccinations and Phase 1a is currently investigating people working in the complex. Told. In Multnomah County, homeless shelter workers are included. They often need to stay in close contact with the most vulnerable people in our community.

“For example, if an outbreak occurs between evacuation staff, we may have to close the shelter if it happens, so we allow those people to continue their services. Or make another kind of plan, “said Terio.

He added that as the vaccine is expanded to a larger group of people in the future, workers currently vaccinated can help future distribution.

“As we stand up to do more vaccinations at other stages, people in shelters will be able to help with that,” Terio said. “Going to the next stage of vaccination, there are older people and people with underlying health … the people in our shelters and in our city are disproportionately old. The underlying health conditions and they will be part of the next stage. “

Public health and Multnomah County have partnered with other agencies to vaccinate at the clinic on Friday. Authorities said it was a good habit to have a larger clinic in the future.

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