COVID-19 Vaccines

COVID-19 Vaccines

(Updated January 15, 2020)

We all want to return to normal life as soon as possible. Safe and effective vaccines are the key to how we will slowly but surely achieve community immunity from COVID-19.

While the introduction of a vaccine is good news, it does not end the pandemic. It is going to take time for the vaccine to be widely available and widely distributed here in Oregon.

Vaccine Eligibility and FAQ Tool

See Oregon Health Authority’s new online Vaccine Information Tool to determine whether your profession or circumstances qualify you for being vaccinated now. Scroll down to the Vaccine Sequencing section, click the "Let's get started" button, and the tool will appear in the lower-right of your screen.

Sign Up to Receive COVID-19 Vaccine Update Emails from Lane County

Sign up to receive email updates from Lane County Public Health about vaccine availability and distribution. 

Vaccine Distribution Process

The federal government (Centers for Disease Control) and state government (Oregon Health Authority) are responsible for distributing vaccines to local agencies. State government (Oregon Health Authority) is responsible for prioritizing who gets the vaccine. Local hospitals, clinics, public health departments, and pharmacies are responsible for receiving their allotment and vaccinating people based upon the State's established criteria.

See the latest information from our state and local public health agencies:

  1. Vaccine Sequencing
  2. Vaccine Safety and Effectiveness
  3. Stay Safe Until Vaccines Are Available

It will take some time before every Oregonian who wants to get the vaccine can get their two shots. 

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, and in Lane County specifically, based on these populations.

Lane County Public Health’s Current Vaccination Distribution Plan

See Lane County Public Health for the latest vaccination and notification plans by phase/group. These plans are based on guidance from the Oregon Health Authority. 

Oregon's COVID-19 Vaccination Plan

The CDC asked all states to share a plan to distribute the vaccine. See Oregon’s draft plan:

Oregon's plan will adhere to the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’ Ethical Principles for Allocating Initial Supplies of COVID-19 Vaccine:

  • Maximize benefits and minimize harms
  • Promote justice
  • Mitigate health inequities
  • Promote transparency

COVID-19 Vaccine Advisory Community

OHA established a COVID-19 Vaccine Advisory Community that represents a diverse group of community members to help ensure they distribute the vaccine in a fair and equitable way for all the people of Oregon.