Regional forecast complicates seniors’ vaccination plans

Coronavirus

Health officials prepare for appointment cancelations

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Clinics and vaccination sites that would normally be assisting senior citizens get their COVID-19 vaccine may be forced to limit operations due to the impending winter weather.

A sign at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland touting its appointments for COVID vaccinations, February 10, 2021 (KOIN)

Shots are being administered at the Oregon Convention Center from 9 am. until 6 p.m. daily with appointments booked through the coming weekend. The Clark County Fairgrounds in Ridgefield has roughly the same packed schedule.

Officials with both the Clark County Fairgrounds and in Oregon said Thursday appointments are a “Go” and you should not cancel your appointment.

However, Oregon officials said if the weather gets bad they will close early and re-schedule appointments — and those who get re-scheduled won’t have to get back in line.

Because most of the seniors getting their shots need rides from family, friends or ride services to make their appointments, health officials are scrambling to come up with a plan for the most effective way to still administer vaccinations while balancing safety in the hazardous traveling conditions.

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The Washington State Department of Health told KOIN 6 all appointments are still on as of now, but if you cannot make the appointment, your reservation will be moved to a later date.

“We are working in conjunction with the Clark County Event Center and Fairgrounds to make sure the grounds will be as clear as possible with deicer,” the agency said in a release Wednesday. “The vaccination site is undercover for your comfort.”

KOIN 6 News called into 211 early Wednesday for the latest assessment of whether appointments would be cancelled and did not receive an answer until the afternoon. KOIN 6 News was told an announcement would not come until Thursday.

More appointments will be made available on Thursday as well.

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