By Chris Laman, Director of Pharmacy and Cancer Center
I urge them, and you, to be patient. Our local vaccine rollout has gone quite smoothly, but we are still at the beginning of this effort.
The task force I’m on includes the people from the County, Columbia Memorial Hospital, Providence Seaside Hospital and other local groups. Our goal is to get as many people in our community vaccinated as quickly as possible so we can beat this pandemic.
The situation is changing by the week. Guidelines from the Oregon Health Authority and U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the number of vaccine doses the County receives are both changing weekly.
There’s also additional confusion because the state is now permitting vaccinations of seniors, when there are doses available. But, the biggest challenge that we’re facing right now is that there are not enough vaccines in the County to roll them out to all of the people that the state allows us to vaccinate. We are working our way through the state’s vaccination groups as our supply allows.
The Clatsop County Public Health Department has posted information on its website about which groups are currently being offered the COVID-19 vaccine. You can get on Clatsop County’s list of people to contact when vaccine becomes available by completing the County’s online survey.
Second doses have been set aside by the state for people who already received a first dose at CMH or Seaside Providence, so no doses are being held back locally. When we receive first doses from the state, we are administering every one we can.
This is the very beginning of the vaccine rollout and there isn’t enough supply yet to do mass vaccination events. I expect that our supply of vaccine will increase and we’ll be able to do those types of events in the coming months.
Please, get vaccinated when you can. The only contraindications, or reason you shouldn’t get vaccinated is if you’ve had an anaphylactic reaction to one the ingredients in the vaccine.
Chris Laman is the Director of Pharmacy and Cancer Care at Columbia Memorial Hospital. He has led Columbia Memorial Hospital’s vaccination efforts and is a member of Clatsop County’s COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force.
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