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News Release
Douglas County Fire District No. 2 wraps up it's final day of vaccines - 04/30/21

Douglas County Fire District No. 2 wraps up it’s final day of vaccines

 

In January Douglas County Fire District No. 2 signed up with the State of Oregon to be a COVID-19 vaccinator, with the hopes of being able to ensure they could vaccinate their personnel.  The District quickly realized that they were one of the few authorized providers in the County and extended the vaccine offering out to other first responder agencies in Douglas County.  Many of the first responder agencies quickly took advantage of this opportunity and we received an overwhelming positive response.  Once the vaccine was open to the public the Fire District found that they were still one of just a few locations providing vaccines in Douglas County.  After careful consideration, and with the cooperation of the Douglas County Professional Firefighters Local 2091, it was decided to offer vaccines to the public.  Word spread quickly and the phone lines began ringing continually with people looking for the vaccine.  The Fire District quickly found themselves delivering approximately 100 vaccines per day, Monday through Friday.

While all the Firefighters with the District are Paramedics and deal with needles and medications daily, the concept of a drive through vaccination clinic was not part of our normal routine.  But as always, the Firefighters quickly adapted and produced an efficient system to safely administer the vaccines.

The Fire District would love to be able to continue offering the vaccines, but the unseasonably warm weather and low humidity has signaled the potential for an early and busy fire season.  Weather conditions combined with the fact that there are now over 50 locations offering vaccines the District made the decision that now was the time to turn our focus on the upcoming fire season.

The Fire District and the Firefighters Local 2091 would like to thank all of those that allowed us to provide them with vaccines and their patience while we worked to get them scheduled.  We would also like to thank Douglas Public Health Network for keeping us supplied with vaccines.  Between January and today the Fire District provided approximately 5000 vaccines combined between first and second doses.

Douglas County Fire District No. 2 and Douglas County Professional Firefighters Local 2091 have been honored to be part of the pandemic battle and to do our part in making vaccines available to those in need in the community.

COVID-19 will continue to be a focus for the community, so we want to remind everyone to get vaccinated if you are eligible.  We also want to remind you, that as temperatures continue to rise, please use extreme caution with fire and practice water safety if you use the Counties extensive river system or bodies of water.

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