Over 25,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in Wasco, Sherman and Gilliam counties through July 3. Most vaccines now are being done through the mobile vaccine clinic at St. Mary’s Academy, which just administered its 1,500th dose yesterday. The temporary mobile clinic’s last day is next Wednesday.
Through last Saturday, 25,009 doses have been administered by a number of entities in the service area of North Central Public Health District (NCPHD), which covers Wasco, Sherman and Gilliam counties.
The free mobile vaccine clinic at St. Mary’s, at 1112 Cherry Heights Rd., has done 1,314 doses through July 3. The clinic has just five more days of operation: today, Saturday and Sunday, and then next Tuesday and Wednesday.
No appointments are needed at the mobile clinic, which is open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. It offers free Pfizer vaccine (for those 12 and up) and Johnson & Johnson vaccine, and people can walk-up or drive-through. People who live in Wasco County or out of state people who work in Wasco County (and their age-eligible family members) receive a $50 gift card.
Local pharmacies, including Walgreen’s, Safeway, Rite-Aid, Fred Meyer and Bi-Mart in The Dalles and Murray’s Drug in Condon, also offer vaccines. Their dose totals are not included in this count.
For the week ending July 3, NCPHD administered 9 doses, for a cumulative total of 15,735. One Community Health administered 55 doses, for a cumulative total of 3,130.
Deschutes Rim Clinic administered 6 doses, for a cumulative total of 567.
Other local entities have previously administered 4,263 doses. Those entities are Mid-Columbia Fire & Rescue, Mid-Columbia Medical Center, Sherman County Medical Center, Arlington Medical Center, and South Gilliam Health Center, and local long term care facilities.
NCPHD has also begun small vaccine clinics Thursdays from noon-2 p.m. To book an appointment, call 541- 506-2600.
All people 12 and older are eligible for the Pfizer vaccine, and people 18 and older are eligible for the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Wasco County has vaccinated 62.7 percent of those 16 and older, Sherman County has vaccinated 53.3 percent, and Gilliam County 42.8 percent.