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Media availability on last day of OHSU mass vaccination site at Portland airport

OHSU, Port of Portland, American Red Cross representatives will be available for interviews on site
A volunteer in an orange safety vest rings a bell as a black truck leaves the premises with newly-vaccinated occupants.
Andy Henning, an OHSU nurse practitioner, rings a bell and cheers for a vehicle full of newly vaccinated people on Sunday, Jan. 24 during a drive-through vaccination clinic at Portland International Airports Red Economy Parking Lot. OHSU is working to vaccinate as many Oregonians as quickly as possible to end the COVID-19 pandemic in Oregon. (OHSU/Erik Robinson)

MEDIA ALERT

WHAT: 

Community volunteers along with staff from Oregon Health & Science University, the American Red Cross and the Port of Portland will be available for media interviews on the last day of the mass vaccination clinic in the Red Economy Parking Lot at Portland International Airport.

 

WHEN: 

9 a.m., Saturday, June 19

 

WHERE: 

Volunteer check-in tent at mass vaccination site.

 

RSVP: 

Please contact Erik Robinson, OHSU media relations, at robineri@ohsu.edu to confirm attendance and get directions for parking.


 

An airplane flying low to the ground has just taken off from the north runway at Portland International Airport. Trees and a parking lot are in the foreground.
Over five months, volunteers and staff at OHSU's vaccination clinic at Portland International Airport experienced a variety of weather conditions in addition to the steady presence of aircraft approaching the north runway. (OHSU)

PDX VACCINATION SITE BY THE NUMBERS: 

251,714: Total number of vaccine doses administered to date at PDX

63: Clinic days open since Jan. 21

 

FUN FACTS: 

What’s it take to operate an outdoor-exposed clinical site on the edge of the Columbia River Gorge? Over five months since the site first opened on Jan. 21, staff and volunteers experienced the full repertoire of Mother Nature in the Pacific Northwest: Wind storms, snow flurries, drenching rain, broiling sun.

A few numbers that helped sustain the operation:

10,000: Hand warmers

3,500: Packets of sun screen

1,000: Rain ponchos

3,500: Instant coffee packets

2,500: Gallons of drinking water

22,000: Meals supplied by Elephant’s Deli

750-plus: Picturesque pets featured on Instagram @PDXPack

135: Peak number of vehicles processed every 15 minutes

 

VACCINE INFORMATION: 

https://www.ohsu.edu/health/covid-19-vaccines-information-and-appointments

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