First Responders Start Getting COVID-19 Vaccine


Portland Fire & Rescue and Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue are among the first emergency responders to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

Both agencies received 1,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine for COVID-19.

TVF&R is finalizing training for the people who will give the vaccinations.

PF&R started giving vaccinations today.

“Four weeks ago, the Federal Government began the largest vaccination distribution in US history, and Firefighters and other EMS providers will play a critical part in the massive effort of widescale population vaccination. For the last three weeks PF&R staff have been working non-stop to meet the state’s enrollment and application deadline,” says Fire Chief Sara Boone. “Immediate vaccination of our crews will help us remain available to safely respond to all emergency needs, including COVID-19 responses. Like many other fire departments and EMS providers, we have not been immune to the spread of SARSCoV-2 amongst our ranks and throughout our bureau.”

“I am extremely proud of the work Portland Fire & Rescue has continued to do during the COVID-19 outbreak. Over the holiday period, PF&R staff have worked tirelessly to organize a complex vaccination campaign,” says Fire Commissioner JoAnn Hardesty. “A special thanks to PF&R’s Occupational Nurse/EMS Program Manager Janet Woodside, County EMS Medical Director Dr. Jui, and Deputy Chief of Training Tim Matthews. Together, they assembled and led a multi-disciplinary Vaccination Task Force that included employees from across the bureau to ensure PF&R met the Federal Center for Disease Control and Prevention requirements; state vaccination provider mandates; and establishment of a vaccination hub for our public safety partners.”