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OHSU primary care center shares toolkit for launching community-based COVID-19 clinics

New guide is intended to provide a ‘vaccination clinic in a box’ for practices around the country
An adult woman in a protective mask stands at an information table in front of a red building; a sign on the window behind her reads 'check in here'
Family Medicine Department Administrator Megan McGhean works the check-in desk. (OHSU/Stein Berger)

Oregon Health & Science University’s Center for Primary Care Research and Innovation has assembled a guide for other primary care teams across the country to launch and sustain COVID-19 vaccine clinics in their communities.

“Our goal was to create a ‘vaccination clinic in a box’ that could be replicated in, and tailored to, many types of settings,” the authors write.

Developed in partnership with the OHSU Family Medicine Scappoose team and Columbia County, Oregon, the guide describes the Scappoose team’s experience creating a vaccine clinic from scratch in a primary care rural health center and aims to make the experience easier for others. It includes:

  • Questions to ask in order to prepare for the clinic
  • Examples of documents and materials that may be needed
  • Sample workflows and role descriptions
  • Vaccination procedures
  • Lessons learned
a row of vials of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, with their red caps removed and placed beside the vials
OHSU Family Medicine at Scappoose is vaccinating hundreds of Columbia County community members each weekend. (OHSU/Stein Berger)

The toolkit is intended to be a living document, and the authors welcome feedback from others based on their experiences using the guide. (Contact information is in chapter 1). It was created with input from providers and departments across OHSU and includes many helpful resources created by numerous teams across OHSU who have been involved in delivering vaccines on campus and throughout the community.

The toolkit can be downloaded from CPCRI’s website: bridgetoinnovation.org/our-initiatives/covid-response.

CPCRI is a collaborative, interdisciplinary community of primary care scholars, housed within OHSU’s Department of Family Medicine, that inspires innovation, learning and discovery in primary care research.

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