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Red Lion to be a vaccination site for Holiday Farm Fire victims

This comes after vaccination clinics this weekend at upper McKenzie where around 600 fire survivors received their first dose.

Posted: Mar 24, 2021 6:30 PM
Updated: Mar 24, 2021 7:03 PM

LANE COUNTY, Ore. -- Lane County Public Health is working with Homes for Good to organize a vaccination clinic at the Red Lion hotel for Holiday Farm Fire victims.

A spokesperson for Lane County Public Health said that the clinic should take place next week but there is no definitive date yet.

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"I think that is a very good idea," said Holiday Farm Fire victim Michael Palmer. "They did follow through with us so there will be another clinic for our second Pfizer dose."

Palmer got his first shot at a mass vaccination clinic at upper McKenzie where 600 fire survivors were vaccinated. He said including fire victims was a wise decision.

"A lot of folks [from the fires] are physically stressed from all of the toxic chemicals," Palmer said. "We're constantly dealing with the public too because recovering means meeting with contractors and things like that. Those housed in hotels are in more crowded conditions so they definitely deserve their shot."

Tony Casad is one of the few who lived in the impacted area in Blue River but didn't have to relocate as a result of the fire. He also received his vaccine at the vaccination clinic in upper McKenzie on the weekend.

"I think as many sites we have, the better off we are," Casad said. "My wife and I were both originally were signed up for the Lane County fairgrounds. And then we got a phone call saying we're doing one up in blue river, your address qualifies for that. It made it much easier for us."

Holiday farm fire victims staying at Red Lion said they haven't heard about this effort.

"That's great that the county is trying to do that but I haven't heard anything yet," said Holiday Farm Fire victim Angel Castro.

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