Chaffee County Public Health (CCPH) in partnership with the SunFest youth music festival held a walk-up COVID-19 vaccination clinic Thursday afternoon, May 27 at Riverside Park in Salida.
The trailer and free clinic will again be available to all ages 12 and up from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Friday, May 28 on East Sackett Avenue at Riverside Park. The Pfizer vaccine and J&J will be available. No appointment is necessary and you don’t have to live in Salida to get a free vaccination.
CCPH nurse Tanya Wait and Chaffee County Public Affairs Officer Beth Helmke welcomed people of all ages to their brand new mobile health trailer. The sleek rig is fully fitted out for all manner of public health clinics and emergencies.
It has clinical workstations, handwashing sinks, preparation and storage areas, its own power generation, safety and security systems, with a roll up ADA ramp in the rear.
After being checked in, Buena Vista resident John Wyles said how easy it was to just walk up and get it done.
“I might even have a chance at one of the five, $1 million prizes that Governor Jared Polis announced today.” said Wyles.
All agreed that bringing home one of those prizes to Chaffee County would be great. On the way out Wyles grabbed two more registration forms. “I’m coming back with my kids tomorrow,” he said.
Nearby, resting in the shade were Bryce Rodrigue, 14 and his mom Whitney from Salida. Bryce was happy to do his part in increasing the Chaffee County COVID-19 vaccination rate.
Featured image: Tanya Wait, Chaffee County Public Health nurse stands ready to deliver COVID-19 vaccinations in the brand new health trailer May 27 in Salida’s Riverside Park. Merrell Bergin photo