Despite icy forecast, Salem Health’s Saturday vaccine appointments will go on as scheduled

Salem Health began a Covid vaccine clinic at the state fairgrounds on Jan. 7 (Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter)

People scheduled to receive a Covid vaccine Saturday through Salem Health can still get a shot despite a forecast of icy weather and hazardous roads.

As of Friday evening, the hospital planned to stay open for scheduled appointments at the Oregon State Fairgrounds in Salem and the Salem Health clinic in Woodburn. An ice storm warning is in effect through midday Saturday, with the National Weather Service warning widespread power outages and icy roads are likely.

In Salem, 320 people are scheduled to receive a second dose of Covid vaccine on Feb. 13, Salem Health spokeswoman Lisa Wood said. Another 167 people are scheduled for a first shot at the Woodburn clinic.

Salem Health said people scheduled should check the hospital’s Facebook page for updates.

“We are encouraging those with scheduled appointments to check the weather conditions prior to traveling to their appointment and make a safe choice if they should keep the scheduled appointment during this time. We will reassess schedules for the following week with changing weather conditions,” Wood said in an email.

“Those unable to make their scheduled appointment can check MyChart to schedule the next available appointment. If appointments are missed, the doses will be added to the following week’s appointment schedule accordingly,” Wood said.

-Rachel Alexander