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UPDATES: Salem takes comments on proposed budget June 14

June 8, 2021 at 1:21pm

Salem Health will shift how it offers Covid vaccinations

Vaccine recipients wait in Columbia Hall for 15 minutes following their vaccination during a COVID-19 vaccine clinic at the Oregon State Fairgrounds on Thursday, Jan. 28. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter) 

With walk-ins and scheduled vaccination appointments declining, Salem Health has announced that it will begin shifting toward mobile clinics and its permanent locations to offer Covid vaccinations.

“As vaccination rates continue to climb, it is important to deploy a more on-demand model, with multiple sites and flexible scheduling,” said Brandon Schmidgall, chief administrative officer, of Salem Health West Valley Hospital, in a statement.

The health care provider said vaccinations are available at all eight of its primary care clinics in Marion and Polk counties. 

Salem Health will also continue its vaccine clinic at Western Oregon University to administer second shots on June 9, 11, 16, 18, 23 and 25. Walk-ins for first doses are welcome from 9 a.m. through 4 p.m. The clinic has administered more than 34,000 vaccinations since opening on Jan. 11. 

Salem Health’s vaccine clinic at the Oregon State Fair and Expo Center in Salem will also remain open Tuesday through Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The clinic takes both scheduled appointments and walk-ins. The clinic is expected to stay open through early June for first doses and late June for second doses, but could stay open longer to respond to increased demand.

In Polk County, Salem Health will host two upcoming public mobile vaccine clinics:

Wednesday, June 16, 2:00 from to 6:00 p.m.

Talmadge Middle School

51 S 16th Street in Independence


Wednesday, June 23, 12:30 from to 4:30 p.m.

Dallas High School

1250 S.E. Holman Avenue in Dallas

Salem Health said it is planning for more mobile clinics aimed at migrant and seasonal agricultural workers, churches, homeless communities and rural areas. 

Appointment scheduling is also available, for ages 12 and over, online at www.salemhealth.org/vaccine.

-Jake Thomas

June 8, 2021 at 11:49am

Police investigate homicide after finding person dead at northeast Salem hotel

Salem police found a person dead at the Capital Inn on Northeast Fisher Road Tuesday morning.

Detectives are investigating the homicide.

Treven Upkes, Salem police spokesman, said police weren’t identifying the gender of the victim or where their body was found.

Officers initially responded to a call of shots fired at 3:30 a.m. at the northeast Salem hotel.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Salem Police Tips Line at 503-588-8477.

-Saphara Harrell

June 8, 2021 at 11:30am

Salem City Council takes comments on proposed budget June 14

Salem City Council Chambers. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

Salem residents will have another opportunity to weigh in on how their tax dollars will be spent in the next fiscal year during a Monday, June 14, public hearing on the proposed $662.6 million budget.

Salem’s Budget Committee recommended a budget on May 5 following a month of meetings. The recommended budget included some funding for a mobile response unit and body-worn cameras for police. 


To provide live, virtual testimony, sign up online the day of the meeting between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. Written testimony is accepted any time. Submit comments on meeting agenda items to [email protected] by 3 p.m. the day of the meeting. 

-Saphara Harrell