Mass Vaccination Clinics at Reser Stadium March 25-26
Tuesday, March 23, 2021
Benton County and Samaritan Health Services are partnering to host another round of mass COVID-19 vaccinations at Reser Stadium on the Oregon State University campus on Thursday, March 25, and Friday, March 26, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The clinics will administer first and second doses of the Pfizer vaccine to currently eligible individuals, and a small number of second doses of the Moderna vaccine to people who received their first dose elsewhere. The Moderna and Pfizer vaccines are not interchangeable.
Currently the Moderna vaccine is only approved for use in adults 18 and older. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the Moderna vaccine under an emergency use authorization (EUA) in December 2020. More information about Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine can be found on the EUA fact sheet.
At this time, the Pfizer vaccine is only approved for use in people 16 and older. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the Pfizer vaccine under an emergency use authorization (EUA) in December 2020. More information about Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine can be found on the EUA fact sheet.
Benton County attested on Friday to its efforts to offer the COVID-19 vaccine and vaccinate individuals in Phase 1b, groups 1-5 populations. This attestation allows Benton County to open up Phase 1b Group 6 for vaccine eligibility a week ahead of the State’s March 29 eligibility date. Individuals within Group 6 have been given an opportunity to schedule a vaccination appointment as early as this week.
All vaccination planning and distribution depend on the availability of the vaccine. Eligible individuals interested in future clinics are encouraged to complete Benton County’s vaccine needs assessment survey to be notified about future vaccination scheduling opportunities. The survey is available online in English and Spanish. Individuals without internet access can call the Benton County COVID-19 Phone Bank at 541-766-6120 for assistance with the survey.
To broaden access to those without email, Benton County’s Emergency Operations Center and Samaritan Health Services have processes to call eligible individuals who have completed the County’s mandatory vaccine assessment survey and indicated “by phone is the only method of communication for scheduling”.
Medically trained professionals are invited to volunteer at the clinics. This includes physicians, dentists, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, medical assistants, pharmacists and emergency medical service professionals. Volunteers are needed to screen patients at registration, administer the vaccinations and observe patients afterward for any possible adverse reactions. More information is available at samhealth.org/COVIDVolunteer.