PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — While there may be a backlog of appointments in the Portland metro area for the COVID-19 vaccine, there are hundreds of appointments open in Salem.
The Safeway/Albertsons pharmacy chain got an additional 5000 doses this week and they will have 25,000 doses coming in next week for a mass clinic at the State Fairgrounds in Salem. It’s the largest amount in Oregon from the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program. The pharmacy chain teamed with Salem Health on the plan, which will have doses of the Pfizer vaccine.
This is in addition to the shot appointments at the individual store pharmacies.
“We don’t have capacity to do all of those vaccines in stores, so something like this allows us to us the doses we are receiving outside of our stores,” said Safeway/Albertsons representative Jill McGinnis.
Remember — anyone 16-and-over is now eligible to receive a vaccine in Oregon.
The chain expects to be getting this kind of volume for the next few weeks.
As of Tuesday morning, there were still hundreds of appointments open.
The Salem Fairgrounds is now the biggest clinic in the state. Here’s the schedule for this week:
Tuesday – Saturday
- 8am-10am = 34 appointments every 15 minutes (last group comes in at 9:45am)
- 10am-11:30am = 32 appointments every 15 minutes (last group comes in at 11:15am)
- 11:30am-1:30pm = 27 appointments every 15 minutes (last group comes in at 1:15pm)
- 1:30pm-4pm = 32 appointments every 15 minutes (last group comes in at 3:45pm)