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Vaccine Clinic To Open At State Fairgrounds In Salem

Chris Lehman

Officials in Marion County will launch a mass vaccination clinic Thursday, Jan. 7 at the Oregon State Fairgrounds in Salem.




Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has set a goal of administering 12,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine a day by January 15. Salem Health CEO Cheryl Wolfe said the fairgrounds clinic could go a long way toward reaching that number.

“We think a thousand is very doable a day, but it may be many more than that,” she said. 

Marion County Board Chair Kevin Cameron said the county thinks it can use the clinic as a model for other locations. 

“We don’t want vaccines sitting on the shelf," he said. "So we will move as quickly as possible.” 

For now, the vaccines are primarily meant for health care workers, employees and residents of long-term care facilities, and first responders


Chris Lehman has been reporting on Oregon issues since 2006. He joined the KLCC news department in December 2018 and became News Director in March 2023. Chris was born and raised in Pennsylvania, and graduated from Temple University with a degree in journalism. His public broadcasting career includes stops in Louisiana and Illinois. Chris has filed for national programs including “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered.”
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