COVID-19 Vaccine

Updated 1/15/2021



While the news of a COVID-19 vaccine is hopeful, we are still a long way from COVID-19 being over. Here is what we know for Oregon:

  • Oregon continues to receive shipments of the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Initial COVID-19 vaccine supplies are very limited, and the process of distributing the vaccine will take some time.
  • Oregon is currently in Phase 1a, which only provides vaccine to the following:
    • Hospitals and urgent care facilities
    • Emergency medical services providers and other first responders
    • Hospice programs 
    • Mobile crisis care and related services
    • Secure transport
    • Corrections facilities
    • Outpatient medical care services
    • Integrative health services (massage, acupuncture, chiropractic, etc.)
    • In-home care services (agency and independent licensed workers
      • In-home care is not restricted to agency and independent licensed workers. This includes: all paid and unpaid direct care personnel, parents including foster parents, and other caregivers of medically fragile children or adults who live at home.
    • Day treatment services
    • Non-emergency medical transport
    • Public health workers
    • Deathcare workers
    • Medical clinics - dental, vision, general practice providers
    • Medical providers at early learning facilities 
    • School nurses, school-based health centers and student health centers

Future phases of vaccine distribution beyond Phase 1a have not yet been determined.

As the Health Department and Oregon Health Authority know more about vaccine availability, we will share more information with the community.

If you're interested in receiving information about additional vaccine phases, sign-up for our distribution list below.


Vaccine Distribution in Benton County

  • COVID-19 vaccinations are underway in Benton County due to a partnership between Samaritan Health Services and Benton County Health Department.
  • Individuals who are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine at this time must complete Benton County’s needs assessment survey in order to schedule their vaccination appointment.
  • Benton County Health Department will prioritize submissions following OHA criteria, then send a scheduler link with instructions to schedule appointments for both the first and second dose.
  • The needs assessment survey is intended for those who are in Phase 1a of the Oregon Vaccination Sequencing Plan; this includes all Health Care Personnel as defined by OHA.
  • While the needs assessment survey is aimed primarily at facilities, it is also intended to include various individuals, contractors, or other care providers.
  • Needs assessment surveys for those in Phase 1a can be found at the following links:



  • Those who are interested in volunteering to support vaccination events hosted by Benton County can contact 
  • Those without email access can call the COVID-19 phone bank at 541-766-6120 to volunteer.


1/18-1/22 Mass Vaccination Event in Linn County

Next week, Benton County is partnering with Samaritan Health Services and Linn and Lincoln Counties to provide a mass vaccination event at the Linn County Expo Center. 

  • Individuals in groups 1-4 of Phase 1a are eligible for this vaccine clinic.
  • Benton County is prioritizing individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their caretakers for this event. 
  • People in this priority group will be contacted by Benton County, who will be directly scheduling people for those appointments. 
  • We recognize that some people in this vulnerable population may not be able to attend a vaccination event in-person, and we are currently planning vaccination opportunities to accommodate that need.


1/25-1/30 Mass Vaccination Event in Benton County

Benton County is in the process of planning upcoming vaccination clinics in Benton County. 

  • Benton County, Samaritan Health Services and Oregon State University are in the process of planning a series of mass vaccination clinics at Reser Stadium, beginning the week of January 25, depending on the availability of the vaccine.
  • We will provide confirmed details late next week. 
  • Please note that all of our vaccination planning and distribution depends on availability of the vaccine.



Vaccine Prioritization

Oregon Health Authority is distributing the vaccine in phases to make sure the vaccine is first provided to critical health care workers who work with COVID-19 patients. Oregon Health Authority has created a COVID-19 Vaccine Advisory Committee to help the vaccine be distributed equitably.


General Public Vaccinations

  • At this time, the vaccine will likely not be available to the general public until late spring or early summer, 2021.
  • There is not a waitlist to get on for the vaccine.
  • Getting a COVID-19 vaccine is an important part of a comprehensive set of preventative actions that will help us reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our community. Benton County Health Department encourages those in our community to consider getting the COVID-19 vaccine when they are able to.


Businesses and Healthcare Providers

Until the vaccine is available, we recommend that organizations consider the logistics for when your staff can receive the vaccine. This includes:

  • Thinking about how you would stagger employee vaccinations so not everyone receives the vaccine at the same time.
  • Developing a priority system among staff. Those who work directly with clients and the public should receive the vaccine first before those who may have less contact.
  • Drafting a plan for this now can help ensure continuity of operations for your staff.


Educators and those aged 65 and older

This week, Governor Brown announced expanding vaccination opportunities to:

  • Childcare providers
  • Early learning educators and staff
  • K-12 educators and staff
  • All individuals 65 years of age and older

Further details on how those vaccines will be made available and administered are not yet available.

  • At this time, Benton County Health Department is developing plans for how to incorporate those who have been recently added to priority list into our vaccine distribution plans. 
  • Please note that groups 1-4 of Phase 1a will be prioritized ahead of the recently added groups.



Federal Reserve of COVID-19 Vaccines

Yesterday, Oregon received news that states will not be receiving increased shipments of vaccines from the National stockpile, because there is no federal reserve of doses. We will share more information as we know more.



Additional COVID-19 Vaccine Resources

Benton County COVID-19 phone bank

  • 541-766-6120.
  • Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 5:00pm. 
  • Able to take calls in both English and Spanish.
  • Callers can also leave a voicemail for a return call if they are unable to speak to someone at the time they call.


More information on COVID-19 vaccine:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Oregon Health Authority