Photo: Oregon Zoo
Metro, the regional government that operates the Oregon Zoo, will be distributing 1,000 free zoo passes to people who receive their COVID-19 vaccines in greater Portland this weekend.
The passes, valid through mid-December, will be available to people getting vaccinated at the All4Oregon clinic at the Oregon Convention Center, and at clinics focused on vaccinating Black communities, Indigenous communities and communities of color. Quantities at all locations will be while supplies last.
“As our region looks to meet the governor’s goal of a 70% vaccination rate, we need to do everything we can to encourage people to get these safe, effective vaccines,” Metro Council President Lynn Peterson said. “We need to do this to safely reopen and offer shows and events at the Oregon Convention Center, Portland Expo Center and Portland’5 Centers for the Arts. But more importantly, we need to do this to protect the lives of Oregonians and ensure there isn’t another harmful surge of COVID-19 this fall that devastates even more Oregon families.”
The All4Oregon vaccination center at the Oregon Convention Center has vaccinated more than half a million Oregonians over the past several months, earning nationwide acclaim for its organization and efficiency. The clinic’s final day of operation is June 19. While walk-ins are welcome, people are encouraged to make appointments at All4Oregon.
“We want to welcome people back to the Oregon Zoo in a way that hasn’t been possible for more than a year,” said zoo deputy director UptalPassi, who made the passes available for this promotion. “And the sooner we reach that 70% rate, the sooner we can see that happen.”
Source: Oregon Zoo