PeaceHealth is collaborating with a coalition of 60 of America’s top hospitals and health care institutions on a nationwide campaign to encourage adults to get vaccinated for COVID-19. Led by Cleveland Clinic and Mayo Clinic, the campaign, “Get the Vaccine to Save Lives,” is designed to reassure the public that vaccines are safe, effective and necessary to achieve herd immunity and a return to normal activities.

PeaceHealth has administered nearly 125,000 vaccinations in Washington.

Just across the Columbia River from Portland at PeaceHealth Southwest Memorial Urgent Care, COVID-19 vaccinations are being offered to walk-in customers with no need for an appointment. The clinic is also continuing to schedule appointment in advance.

The campaign hopes to reach adults who are hesitant to receive a vaccine, including racial and minority ethnic groups and people living in rural communities. According to a Kaiser Family Foundation survey, 17% of the public say they will take a wait-and-see approach before getting it themselves, and another 20% say they will never get a vaccine or will only get it if required to do so for work, school or other activities. This leaves a significant portion of the population at risk of going unvaccinated.

To achieve herd immunity and help end the pandemic, health officials say at least 75% of the population needs to receive a vaccine. Herd immunity occurs when a large portion of a community becomes immune to a disease, making the spread of disease from person to person unlikely. As a result, the whole community becomes protected — not just those who have been vaccinated.

For more information about the campaign, visit ourshot2savelives.org.

To make an appointment at the Memorial Urgent Care clinic in Vancouver, Washington, visit peace-health.org/coronavirus/vaccine/washington or call (833) 375-0291.