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OSU-Cascades hosts flu, Covid-19 vaccination clinic, which runs out of flu shots

(Update: Adding video, comments from Deschutes County Health Services, OSU-Cascades)

BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) --OSU-Cascades partnered with Deschutes County Health Services Tuesday to provide a free drive-thru and walk-up flu shot and Covid-19 vaccination clinic on its campus. And like another Bend clinic last week, demand was so strong, they ran out of flu vaccines.

“Every year, we work with Deschutes County Health Services to host a flu shot clinic -- and this year it was only natural to offer Covid-19 vaccinations along with the flu vaccinations, too,” said Christine Coffin, director of communications for OSU-Cascades.

County Health Services has been leaning on community partners to host vaccine events as demand continues to rise.

Last week, strong demand meant the Bend Park and Rec District ran out of shots at its similar event at the Larkspur Community Center

The same happened again at Tuesday’s event, with flu shots running out around noon.

“We’ve got someone running to grab some more doses for this afternoon so that we can meet the demand that is here to the best of our ability,” said Crystal Sully, COVID-19 vaccine supervisor for Deschutes County Health Services.

Sully said she believes the demand for the flu shot is high at the moment due to community members wanting to keep each other safe.

“The influenza vaccine is one more layer of protection, one more way that we can protect ourselves and support our health care community,” Sully said.

Deschutes County Health Services expected to administer 200 flu shots at the event.

Even if flu shots at the vaccination events run out, Sully said they’ll utilize health care connections to try and provide vaccines for as many as they can. 

“Because we’ve established those relationships and have nurtured them over time, we’re able to pull on them when we need them,” Sully said.

The vaccine event will continue at the university on Wednesday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and is open to the public

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      1. “Your” experts have said a lot of things- yet here we are in Oregon- with 74,000 active cases- A record number- and as many as 1300 covid “related” deaths since Brown shockingly opened the state in July- that decision alone resulted in a quarter of all deaths related to this mild virus… Now- what o your experts have to say about the never-ending “Bell Curves” we keep seeing ? What has fueled three separate surges- and three separate declines in this year alone ? That data is not reflecting mask usage or vaccination status… So what are the experts saying ? Your link to factual data… See Active Cases… https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/usa/oregon/

  1. OMG!! Run for the hills they ran out of the flu vaccine and everyone who doesn’t get their flu shot are going to die from it. Oh!, that’s right, nobody dies from anything but Covid-19 these days. Wait for it.. The executive order mandating flu vaccines is just around the corner.

    “The influenza vaccine is one more layer of protection, one more way that we can protect ourselves and support our health care community,” Sully said. That’s a bold face lie and they know it. “recent studies show that flu vaccination reduces the risk of flu illness by between 40% and 60%” https://www.cdc.gov/flu/vaccines-work/vaccineeffect.htm. This is all about Big Pharma, their greased up politicians, money and nothing else. I haven’t had a flu shot in over 30 years and I haven’t gotten the flu. Explain that one Crystal Sully! Dr.’s don’t know everything and relying on the CDC isn’t 100%.

    1. A 40-60 percent reduction of illness is worth it to me and millions. Folks waiting for a perfect anything have a long, long wait. Is there a benefit? Yes, as you stated.
      Nothing is 100% in this world. Except hate, maybe.

      1. If that makes you fell secure that you won’t get it or get a severe case of it, that’s all fine and dandy. More power to you. But in the long run, unless you have a weakened immune system, you are hurting yourself because you are depriving your natural immune system from doing what it’s supposed to do. And why you had to throw in that remark about hate is beyond me. Are you implying that I hate people? If you are you should keep your remarks neutral because I don’t hate anybody. I may hate what they do or say but I won’t waste my time hating people. That only puts me in the chains bondage of evil. I don’t have time for that silliness. As the moderator you really shouldn’t be making comments at all unless they are directed at you because you then are no longer just the moderator. You become the fuel that is added to the fire in these posts. Just my opinion.

        1. Thank you for sharing your opinion. Sunday AM talk shows have moderators who talk a LOT, ask questions, guide the discussion. There are multiple definitions – some call for a vow of silence. I regret talking as much as I do, but nobody’s perfect. You try reading 100s of often incendiary comments a day, many aimed unfairly at you, and try keeping the lips zipped. It’s not that easy.
          I’d be interested in any reputable (yeah, judgment call like everything) studies that claim this long-term negative impact of this or any other vaccine. There are tradeoffs I’m sure, as there are to all things in life – risk/benefit tradeoffs. Those are often stated explicitly, and people glom onto the part that makes their case, one way or the other.

  2. TheRabidRight loves throwing the baby out with the bathwater. They delight in debating how many angels can dance on a pinhead, while ignoring the fact that the angels, are, indeed, dancing…

  3. Where was flu last season? There was no flu, in case nobody noticed. The reason has everything to do with coronavirus, but not how most think. No, it was not because of widespread lockdowns and masking. And no, it was not because flu cases were labeled as COVID. It certainly wasn’t because of vaccine. The answer is coronavirus stimulated a widespread immune response that stopped flu in its tracks. This phenomenon is not new and has been observed in other ‘demics around the world. Probably why we don’t hear about it mainstream is it sounds an awful lot like “natural immunity”. Which it is, but in a complex way that isn’t well understood. But here’s what we do know: People are never infected with both flu and coronavirus at the same time. Since these viruses need a wide open field to make progress, only one can prevail. Last year showed us where coronavirus is, flu is not. And since corona spreads more easlily, it went world wide and flu took a year off.

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