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Pharmacist Elena Schaller checks a Moderna COVID-19 vaccine in Portland, Ore., Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021. The clinic is a partnership between the Service Employees International Union and Oregon Health & Science University, aiming to vaccinate Oregon's 32,000 home health care workers and their patients. (Kristyna Wentz-Graff/Pool Photo via AP)
By The Skanner News | The Skanner News
Published: 09 February 2021

Oregon Health Authority (OHA) has provided a toolkit to assist people who will be helping seniors navigate vaccine questions. Please feel free to share with your team, partners and network who may have questions or be assigning Oregonians.

View or download the toolkit here.

A message from the Oregon Health Authority

The Oregon Health Authority thanks you for helping older adults to get vaccinated. We will continue adding to this toolkit. Our goal is to send twice weekly updates with the most relevant information. We need your help to ensure older adults have the information they need to get COVID-19 vaccines.

On February 8, 2021, adults age 80 and older can start getting vaccinated against COVID-19. Older adults age 65 and above will become eligible to get a vaccine over the following 3 weeks. All adults age 65 and older will be eligible to get a vaccine by the end of February. Vaccines are scarce. There are more than 750,000 people aged 65 and older in Oregon. Every older Oregonian will be able get a vaccine, but most older adults will not be able to get their shots for many weeks.

In the coming weeks, we know there will be more older adults who want to get vaccinated than there will be vaccines available.

We are asking for your help to set expectations with older adults.

While vaccine providers can’t give every older adult an appointment as soon as they want one, we can give them different ways to get linked to vaccine information and events. On February 8, 2021, the Oregon Health Authority will launch a new tool at covidvaccine.oregon.gov called Get Vaccinated Oregon. This tool will allow people to determine if they are currently eligible for a vaccine and register to get email alerts or text notifications when they become eligible. Once eligible to be vaccinated, this tool will help direct users to vaccine events in their area. This tool will be open to all Oregonians.

Using this tool does not guarantee users a specific "spot in line." Once eligible, notified users may use the tool to find a vaccine event in their area.

We hope this will help reduce confusion and frustration as we work together to support older adults at a time when vaccines remain in critically short supply in the U.S. and here in Oregon.

More than 115,000 people aged 60 and older have already gotten a vaccine due to their status as a healthcare worker, educator or other already eligible group. State health officials estimate it will take weeks to vaccinate more than 7 in 10 adults aged 65 and older.

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