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Serving Woodburn BIPOC community with vaccines

14 Mar 2021

Reaching underserved communities in North Marion County

By: Lisa Wood, strategic communications administrator

Salem Health, in partnership with Marion County Health & Human Services, is providing COVID vaccines at Salem Health Medical Clinic – Woodburn, in part, to serve more members of the black, indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) community.

“We want to make sure everyone has access, no matter where they live or what language they speak,” said Cheryl Wolfe, Salem Health president and CEO. 

Beginning in late January, the Woodburn vaccine clinic first served those in the Oregon Health Authority’s Phase 1a group and educators – and continues to add each newly-opened phasing group including those 65 and older. The clinic has also focused on vaccinating members of the Oregon Child Development Coalition (OCDC), whose services support migrant and seasonal farm workers and their children. 

“We are grateful for Salem Health bringing the vaccine clinic to the Woodburn community and look forward to working together to vaccinate our community,” said Robert Reyna, program manager, OCDC. 

The clinic conducts outreach to schedule appointments, and serves as a community resource for those who have barriers to traveling to Salem Health’s vaccine clinic at the fairgrounds. Salem Health Medical Clinic - Woodburn continues to hold vaccine clinic hours as supplies become available and to provide second doses for those who received their first dose in Woodburn.

As of Friday, March 12, Salem Health Hospitals and Clinics hit a milestone, administering 100,000 doses across all its sites, including the clinics in Woodburn, the state fairgrounds, Western Oregon University and Salem Hospital.

For more information about Salem Health’s vaccine clinics including vaccine eligibility, clinic hours and scheduling appointments, visit the website at