Oregon Health – Vaccine Information 1/12

As we work to make vaccines widely available, the fastest way to get our schools, businesses and communities back open is to keep working together. We’re going to have to continue to use the tried-and-true methods we know stop the spread of this disease: wear a face covering, limit group size, keep distance, wash hands and stay home when sick.

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Learn about the different vaccines in development, which are safe and effective.

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Oregon will use a phased distribution approach to ensure vaccination is done in a fair and equitable way.

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Keep playing your part—your actions slow the spread of COVID-19.

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Resources to support providers in COVID-19 vaccination efforts to achieve community immunity.

Frequently Asked Questions

 I am in a Phase 1a group, where do I go?

We don’t have a central phone number yet, but OHA is working with local public health, health care partners and 211 to determine the best contacts in each community. We will post the community contacts on this website as soon as we have them. Check your local public health website to see if they have additional information.

 I don’t know if I’m in Phase 1a, how do I check?

Please check the Oregon COVID-19 Vaccine Sequencing Plan. For additional questions, email COVID19.vaccine@dhsoha.state.or.us.

 Do I need to show any proof I’m in Phase 1a?

OHA does not require proof that someone vaccinated is in Phase 1a, and does not plan to request verification from vaccinating providers. Vaccine providers themselves may require an individual to declare in some way they are in a Phase 1a group.

 I’ve been turned away from getting a vaccine by a COVID-19 vaccine provider. What do I do now?

If you think you fall under Phase 1a, please contact your local public health department to be connected to a vaccine provider.

 I’m an education worker. When will I get vaccinated?

Childcare, K-12 school and school district staff will be in the first group of Phase 1b, after Phase 1a is complete. Information on where and when to get vaccinated will be provided as soon as it’s available.

Oregon Vaccinations by Day

Oregon, like other states, currently does not have enough vaccine to immunize everyone against COVID-19. The first people getting the vaccine are health care workers and people who live or work in long-term care facilities, such as skilled nursing facilities. OHA’s data dashboard shows the total number of vaccines given to date in Oregon, based on these populations.Screenshot of vaccination dashboard with graphs/totals describing counts/trends. Follow this link for the fully-interactive dashboard and county level details.

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Vaccine Safety and Effectiveness

Vaccines undergo rigorous scientific testing to ensure their effectiveness and safety.

There are multiple COVID-19 vaccines in development. The federal Food and Drug Administration and the Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup have approved the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and the Moderna vaccine. More may come later. https://www.youtube.com/embed/Z06JQhyZLUI?rel=0&modestbranding=1

Vaccines are safe and effective

The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are safe and effective. Both vaccines were found to be over 94 percent effective and neither reported serious safety issues. The vaccines were tested in large-scale research, which included adults from all backgrounds.

Due to the global pandemic, both vaccines were tested in many more people than a typical vaccine trial: the Pfizer vaccine was tested in 43,000 people and the Moderna vaccine was tested in 30,000 people.

Safety and Effectiveness

Emergency Use Authorization (EUA)

The Western States Pact

Read on to learn how vaccination will be prioritized.

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Vaccine Sequencing

Here’s how we plan to distribute the vaccine

We know it will take some time before every Oregonian who wants to get the vaccine can get their two shots. Oregon Health Authority will follow a phased approach to ensure we provide the first vaccines to critical health care workers who work with COVID-19 patients.

In line with CDC guidance, we will be prioritizing frontline health care workers and long-term care residents and employees as the first group to receive the vaccine. This includes our doctors, nurses, janitorial staff, and others who have the potential for direct or indirect contact with COVID-19 patients or infectious materials.

Oregon’s Estimated Vaccine Allocations from CDC
(actual number may change)

AllocationsOregon Allocations
Week of Dec. 27Week of Jan. 3Week of Jan. 10
Skilled Nursing Facilities5,85010,7255,850

Data source: CDC
*May include second doses.
**Other facilities may include Tribal health clinics and correctional sites with inpatient facilities.

Oregon’s COVID-19 Vaccination Plan

The CDC asked all states to share a plan to distribute the vaccine. OHA submitted a draft plan. This plan is only a first step. OHA is developing the plan with input from health care professionals and community organizations.

Oregon COVID-19 Vaccine Advisory Committee

We have also established a COVID-19 Vaccine Advisory Committee that represents a diverse group of community members to help ensure we distribute the vaccine in a fair and equitable way for all the people of Oregon.

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