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Vaccination Events Ongoing

Samaritan is partnering with Benton, Lincoln and Linn counties to provide mass-vaccination events. Find a vaccination event in your county, and we’ll look forward to seeing you there!

All Oregonians 16 and Older Now Eligible for Vaccination

Samaritan Health Services is working with county public health departments to administer coronavirus vaccines under the direction of the Oregon Health Authority . All people over the age of 16 are eligible for coronavirus vaccination in Oregon.

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, and we are looking forward to the day when we can offer it to you.

More Information About Getting the COVID-19 Vaccine With Samaritan

MyChart Accounts Are Encouraged

If you don’t have a MyChart account, we encourage you to set one up today. By providing your email address as a contact method in MyChart, you are also 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. Your doctor’s office does not have additional information about vaccines at this time.

Meanwhile, you can refer to or your county public health department for information on vaccine distribution in our area.

County Public Health Departments & the Oregon Health Authority

The Oregon Health Authority  vaccine webpage offers a wealth of information on the coronavirus vaccines.

For information about vaccination in Samaritan’s three-county service area, visit 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:

  • Pfizer and Moderna: Each person will need two doses of the vaccine, 21 to 28 days apart, depending on the vaccine, for it to be effective.
  • Johnson & Johnson: Each person only needs to receive one dose of this vaccine. 
  • All three of these vaccines have been shown to be nearly 100% effective in preventing hospitalizations and deaths from COVID-19. 
  • The immune response to the vaccines in the clinical trials have included, for some people, a short period of fever, headaches, fatigue and muscle aches.
  • There have not been serious safety concerns identified with these vaccines. 

Vaccine Safety

How do we know the coronavirus vaccines are safe?

Each of the vaccines that have been authorized for emergency use by the FDA underwent large clinical trials which included up to 40,000 people - more than double the size of most vaccine clinical trials. That allowed the pharmaceutical companies to go through all of the required testing steps in a very short time.

Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Pause

Pfizer and Moderna vaccines will continue to be offered while the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is paused.
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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.