ClackCo Jan. 29 COVID-19 vaccine update: Three things to know

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Clackamas County is committed to providing you updates on the latest information about the COVID-19 pandemic and the issues surrounding vaccinating all of us who want to be.

1/29/2021: Three things you need to know now:

Who is eligible for the vaccine?

There are about 400,000 people eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccines. These include health care workers, first responders and educators to name a few. Starting next week, some older adults will also be eligible. Check your eligibility with the Oregon Health Authority.

Vaccine is in limited supply. So please remember, even though you may be eligible right now, it could be weeks or months before receiving the vaccine. The Oregon Health Authority COVID information website is a great place to keep up to date on the evolving plans on vaccinations.

When I’m eligible, how do I get the vaccine?

There is currently no way to walk up and get a vaccine.

If you’re in one of the eligible groups, visit https://covidvaccine.oregon.gov/ for vaccine clinics in the area. Or you can use the eligibility and scheduling tool on the Oregon Health Authority website.

If you use the Oregon Health Authority website, the state says its scheduling system can currently only handle 1,000 visitors at a time. If you experience a website error, please continue to keep trying. Also, if there are no available appointments, please try again next week. The state has allocated limited doses of the vaccine to the area; when those appointments fill up, the system does not allow more appointments to be scheduled.

What is the county’s role in vaccine distribution?

The county’s role is to fill in the gaps and provide access to resources to patients with special circumstances. Largely, our job is to plan and work with vaccine providers to ensure equitable access to vaccine when it is available from the state.

We want to remind you that vaccine supply is limited and we thank you for your continued patience.

Do you have questions or concerns about the COVID-19 vaccination process in the tri-county area? Please send your questions to covidvaccine@clackamas.us. We are experiencing a high volume of emails but we will try to answer your questions as soon as we can.

Watch our latest video update on Clackamas County's YouTube page. You can always check the latest information on COVID-19 and vaccines online at:

County: www.clackamas.us/coronavirus
Oregon: https://covidvaccine.oregon.gov/
National: https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/ and
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Clackamas County plans to send brief weekly email updates to email subscribers in this contact list.