Aviva Health continues vaccine clinics, looks to reach teens

Staff said these events have been very successful since they first started early last month.

Posted: May 6, 2021 5:40 PM

SUTHERLIN, Ore. -- Dozens of people got vaccinated in Sutherlin Thursday as Aviva Health held their ninth community vaccination clinic.

With no appointment necessary, staff said these smaller scale clinics aim to vaccinate people who have trouble accessing the vaccine otherwise.

Staff said these events have been very successful since they first started early last month.

“These events ... we thought we’d see a drop off at the Sutherlin event, but we have just as many people here as we did a month ago,” said vice president of community health Christin Rutledge. “We do have some community partners that are not using as much vaccine, but that is to be expected as more people get the vaccine.”

Rutledge said they’re also already planning for the future.

“We actually have some upcoming events that are specifically targeting adolescents, so ages 16 to 18. We’re going to have events just for them,” she said. “Make it on a Saturday so they have more access to it.”

Staff said they offered the Moderna, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines, and they gave people the option to pick.

Since last month, Aviva Health has administered more than 1,200 shots at community vaccination clinics in Myrtle creek, Drain and Sutherlin.

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