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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 long-awaited Chaffee County Public Health mobile trailer currently set up to deliver vaccinations and other mobile health services. Merrell Bergin photo

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.

John Wyles of Buena Vista signs in at the Riverside Park mobile vaccination clinic in Salida as Chaffee County Public Affairs Officer Beth Helmke observes. Merrell Bergin photo

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.

John Wyles receives his “one and done” J&J vaccination from CCPH nurse Tanya Wait in the new County Public Health trailer at Riverside Park, Salida. Merrell Bergin photo

Bryce Rodrigue, age 14 and mom Whitney are all smiles as they relax after his vaccination at the mobile clinic in Riverside Park in Salida. Merrell Bergin photo

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