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First Responders Receive CV19 Vaccinations January 08, 2021

Coos Bay Fire Department played host to a drive-through COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic for First Responders. Coos Health and Wellness provided vaccinations for First Responders based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) guidance on how the vaccine should be distributed. This guidance includes three phases which are designed to get the vaccine to those at highest risk based on several factors.

Based on the guidance from OHA, First Responders are in Phase 1a, Group 1 along with hospital staff, urgent care staff, nursing home staff and residents, and tribal health programs. Coos County hospitals received the first shipments of the vaccine in December and began vaccinating their staff along with other high exposure risk individuals in this first group. Based on these efforts, prior to this clinic, Coos County had the third highest vaccination rate per 10,000 people in the state.

This Vaccine Clinic at Coos Bay Fire Station was only open to First Responders including Fire, EMS, and Law Enforcement. During the four hour session more than 100 individuals were vaccinated. In addition, Bay Area Hospital and Coquille Valley Hospital vaccinated additional First Responders with their hospital staff. It is estimated that nearly 1/3 of First Responders in the County have now received the first shot in the two shot vaccine series.