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Vaccination Events in the Works

Samaritan is partnering with Benton, Lincoln and Linn counties on mass-vaccination clinics to reach all eligible individuals according to Oregon Health Authority guidelines. Click on the links to learn about events in your county. We look forward to seeing you there!

When Will the Coronavirus Vaccine Be Available?

Samaritan Health Services is working with county public health departments under the direction of the Oregon Health Authority to provide COVID-19 vaccinations according to the state’s phased guidelines.

For information about vaccine distribution in our three-county service area, please visit samhealth.org/GetTheVaccine or contact your local county public health office.  

Interested in getting a vaccine? We are happy to hear that! We understand that you want to get vaccinated as soon as possible. We’re proud to work with the local county health departments and the state to administer vaccinations in a fair, equitable and efficient way, and we are looking forward to the day when we can offer it to you. This is a fluid situation and has been changing rapidly. Currently, it is estimated that it will be spring 2021 before enough doses have been made available to vaccinate everyone who wants it.

More Information About Getting the COVID-19 Vaccine at Samaritan

Samaritan is not keeping a list of patients who call to reserve a vaccine, but will communicate with patients when the vaccine is more widely available. 

MyChart Accounts Are Encouraged

If you don’t have a MyChart account, we encourage you to set one up today. Once you have your MyChart account set up, you can indicate the best way to communicate with you for all your health needs. By providing your email address as a contact method in MyChart, you are ensuring you are on Samaritan’s email list for future vaccine communications. There is no need to send a message to your provider at this time. Once we have your email address we will keep it on file for upcoming communications about coronavirus vaccines.

How Will Samaritan Communicate About Vaccines?

Samaritan will reach out to patients and the community in a variety of ways when the vaccines become more widely available, including press releases, social media posts, patient emails and more. There are many questions patients and community members have that we do not yet have answers for and we are sorry we do not have more information to share. Your doctor’s office does not have additional information about vaccines at this time.

We thank you for your patience, and again, we will communicate as soon as possible about vaccine availability when more information is available from state and federal health authorities. 

Meanwhile, you can refer to samhealth.org/GetTheVaccine or your county public health department for information on current distribution status. 

Why Can’t I Get the Vaccine at My Primary Care Provider’s Office Right Now? 

The OHA’s phased distribution is not yet at a point where vaccine is widely available to the general public. Vaccine is also not available in single-dose packaging, only in multi-dose bottles. This means mass vaccination clinics are currently the best method for distributing the vaccines, ensuring every dose is used and none are wasted.

There are very limited windows of time for when these vaccines can be used once thawed and opened, requiring swift and efficient distribution in an environment that is focused on vaccination of many people, rather than vaccination of individuals in combination with normal primary care activities. 

County Public Health Departments & the Oregon Health Authority

The Oregon Health Authority determines the vaccine phases which are detailed on its vaccine webpage. For information about the current phase and distribution plan in Samaritan’s three-county service area, visit samhealth.org/GetTheVaccine or contact your local county health department for information:

What Can I Expect When I Get the Vaccine?

Once vaccine is available, here is what you can expect:

  • Each person will need two doses of the vaccine, 21 to 28 days apart, depending on the vaccine, for it to be effective.
  • Side effects in the clinical trials have included fever, headaches, fatigue and muscle aches.
  • There have not been serious safety concerns identified with these vaccines. 

Estimates show that 60 to 70% of the population will need to develop immunity - through vaccination or natural infection - in order to achieve herd immunity. The two leading COVID-19 vaccines – from Pfizer and Moderna – have been shown to be 94% effective in preventing symptomatic infections in those enrolled in the clinical trials, according to the companies’ research. 

Learn More About the COVID-19 Vaccine from Dr. Adam Brady

History in the Making: See The First Day of Vaccinations at Samaritan

Vaccine Safety

How do we know the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines are safe? Four words:  Really large clinical trials.

The clinical trials included up to 40,000 people, which is more than double the size of most vaccine clinical trials. That allowed the pharmaceutical companies to go through the required testing steps in a very short time.

Not only are they safe, but the vaccines have been shown to be 95% effective at preventing COVID-19 infection.

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How You Can Help!

Volunteers are essential to our ability to offer mass vaccination events in our communities. Volunteers are needed to help check people in, administer vaccine, observe individuals following vaccination as well as parking and crowd control.

If you’re interested in partnering with Samaritan to provide top-quality patient care, Samaritan Foundations would be honored to work with you on a gift to your local hospital.

Let us know if you have any questions.