Extension volunteers assist with Clackamas County COVID-19 vaccinations

CANBY, Ore. –  Volunteers from the Oregon State University Extension Service helped guide a steady stream of cars and pedestrians through the COVID-19 vaccination clinic held at the Clackamas County Fairgrounds on March 31. 

The combination drive-through and walk-up clinic was one of several vaccination clinics Clackamas County began hosting last month for local residents who met the eligibility requirements and signed up for an appointment through their website. Shots were administered through car windows or in tents set up on the fairgrounds.  Being outside in the sunny, 70-degree temperatures and the relief of getting the vaccine seemed to put most participants in a good spirits. 

A total of 880 people received their first dose of the vaccine. Volunteers helped support the county and Safeway and Albertsons staff with parking, traffic management, check-in, and monitoring patients after they received their shot. 

"OSU Extension is here to support our community in times of crisis and during events like this," said Leah Sundquist, OSU Extension's Clackamas County liaison. "We have two to three thousand volunteers between our Family and Community Health, Forestry, Gardening and 4-H programs that are more than willing to help when the community needs us."

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