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Woodburn Ambulance will begin second Covid vaccine doses March 11

March 3, 2021 at 4:31pm

Oregon Department of Human Services gets federal grant to help wildfire survivors

Scorched wall sections are all that remains of the Oak Park Motel in Gates on Saturday, Sept. 19. (Ron Cooper/Salem Reporter)

With thousands of Oregonians still trying to put their lives back together after historic wildfires, the state agency has landed a federal grant to help. 

The Oregon Department of Human Services has been awarded a $6.3 million grant by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to set up a disaster case management program, according to a press release. 

The program seeks to provide a one-stop-shop to direct services to Oregonians affected by September’s fires. In the first month following the fire, 1,185 Marion County residents registered with FEMA for disaster assistance in the month following the fires.

Case managers will work with survivors to identify their needs and coordinate services with federal, state and local programs, including charities and long-term recovery groups. 

The department will contract with a non-profit to carry out the program and expects to put out a request for proposals this month. 

-Jake Thomas 

March 3, 2021 at 3:37pm

Salem's police chief to speak at Salem City Club

Trevor Womack and his wife, Christina. (Courtesy/ Trevor Womack)

On Friday, Salem’s new police chief Trevor Womack will speak to the Salem City Club.

Womack joined the Salem Police Department in December from Stockton, California. He replaced longtime chief Jerry Moore.

READ: Salem’s new police chief will focus on relationships and numbers

Womack took over a department of 190 sworn officers and a $50 million annual budget.

The online program starts at noon. To access the webinar, go to https://salemcityclub.com/, click the tab that says “Events,” click “Register” and once you register, your spot will be reserved for the event. You will then be sent a link for the Zoom Webinar. Meetings are free for members and $5 for nonmembers.

-Saphara Harrell

March 3, 2021 at 3:30pm

Safeway, Albertsons pharmacies in Oregon will have Johnson & Johnson vaccines starting March 4

Avi Singh draws up a dose of the Pfizer vaccine during a COVID-19 vaccine clinic at the Oregon State Fairgrounds on Thursday, Jan. 28. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

Pharmacies in the Salem area will have more Covid vaccine appointments available starting Thursday, March 5, following federal and state approval of a third shot made by Johnson & Johnson.

Safeway and Albertsons pharmacies in Oregon and Washington have started to receive the J&J shots, spokeswoman Jill McGinnis said in a statement, bolstering supplies.

She said at least 200 appointments per pharmacy would be available online starting March 4 at 5 p.m., and patients will be able to select the type of vaccine they prefer to receive when scheduling, though choice will depends on supplies available at each location. J&J shots will make up about half the available doses at most pharmacies.

Unlike the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines currently approved for emergency use, the J&J vaccine requires only one shot to be effective, simplifying the logistics of inoculating people against Covid. It can also be stored in a standard refrigerator rather than the ultra-cold storage required for other shots.

There are four Safeways in Salem and one in Keizer. Vaccination appointments can be scheduled online once they are available.

The Oregon Health Authority reported Wednesday that health care providers across the state have administered over 1 million doses of Covid vaccine to a total of 636,000 Oregonians. That includes 51,494 people in Marion County and 15,779 in Polk County.

-Rachel Alexander

March 3, 2021 at 10:54am

Woodburn Ambulance will begin second Covid vaccine doses March 11

Judy Tedrow, 78, receives her first dose of the Moderna Covid vaccine at Salem Health's Woodburn clinic on Thursday, Feb. 11 (Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter)

This article has been updated with a sign-up link.

Woodburn Ambulance will begin offering second doses of Covid vaccine at its weekly clinic on March 11, reserving appointments for people who have received their first dose through an earlier event.

The March 11 clinic will open slots from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. for people who received their first dose of Moderna vaccine through Woodburn Ambulance, Toni Grimes, director of operations said in an email. The event will be held at Woodburn High School, 1785 N Front St.

People who got their first shot on Feb. 11 can sign up for the March 11 event at this link, using access code 2021. They must have a vaccination card with the date of the first dose marked to get a second shot.

Woodburn Ambulance has had weekly vaccination clinics on Thursdays, except during the ice storm, targeting vaccines at a community that has seen one of the highest rates of Covid in Oregon. The organization's March 4 clinic at Woodburn High School is full.

Grimes said more first doses will be offered at the March 11 clinic from 1-4 p.m. Sign-ups are not yet open, but updates will be posted on the Woodburn Ambulance Facebook page.

-Rachel Alexander