From the desk of Melinda Muller, M.D., interim Chief Medical Officer, Legacy Health
COVID-19 Vaccine Update
When the first COVID-19 vaccine shipments arrived in December, the planning brought hope and optimism for a return to normalcy in our hospitals, clinics, and communities. The path to normal life, though, will not be a short or straight line for leaders or for teams working to ensure safety, equity and speed when thinking about vaccination plans. While pathways have been difficult to navigate, your patience and understanding have been paramount in the success of the vaccine deployment.
With vaccine supply so limited, Oregon and Washington state public health officials are focusing their supplies on mass vaccination sites. Legacy leadership continues to monitor distribution trends with a close eye on changes that may impact our vaccine operations at Salmon Creek, Silverton and Woodburn.
Statuses by location
- Multnomah, Washington, Clackamas and Columbia Counties The COVID-19 Mass Vaccination Site at the Oregon Convention Center that has been open since mid-January started welcoming Oregonians age 70 and older to schedule vaccine appointment this week.
- Clark County Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center continues to serve employees, health care workers and older Washingtonians.
- North Marion County Legacy opened a vaccine clinic at Woodburn Health Center last week to address a gap in access faced by the region and to provide a much-needed service to the community. More than 500 community members in eligible groups received their first dose vaccine in the first two days of operations. The vaccine clinic at Legacy Silverton Medical Center will continue to administer second dose vaccines for those who already received a first dose at LSMC, however all first dose vaccine appointments will be scheduled at the Woodburn Health Center location.
Quick reference guide
A quick reference guide to many available resources that providers, care teams and clinic staff may find helpful in addressing patient and public inquiries about COVID-19 vaccinations is now available. Please share this resource with your team.
Legacy is committed to equitable vaccine distribution
As many of you have read in the news, we have seen unfortunate examples of health system donors and board members who have gained priority access to COVID-19 vaccines. At Legacy, we are committed to strictly following the state phasing guidelines to ensure safe, fast and equitable vaccine distribution in our communities. That means Legacy will not provide priority access to people outside of state phasing guidelines. We will continue to keep our workforce, our patients and our communities informed of vaccine distribution plans.