Have your COVID-19 vaccine questions answered by the Oregon Health Authority tomorrow

Dec 16 2020, 11:39 am

With the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines arriving in Oregon, it’s natural to have questions.

On Thursday, December 17, at 2:30 pm, the Washington Health Authority will be holding a Facebook Live to answer any questions Oregonians may have.

The Facebook Live will include information about the COVID-19 vaccines, Oregon’s distribution plans, and more.

To tune in, go to the Oregon Health Authority’s Facebook page tomorrow at 2:30.

Here’s what we know so far:

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) said on Monday that the first 1,950 doses were delivered around 7 am at the Holladay Park site in Portland and Meridian Park site in Tualatin.

Additional doses were expected at three other locations in Oregon on Tuesday: Oregon Health and Science University Pharmacy, Kaiser Permanente’s Airport Way Center in Portland, and St. Alphonsus Medical Center in Ontario.

The vaccines will first be given to frontline healthcare workers, including hospital employees, emergency medical services personnel, and long-term care facility employees. Essential workers, followed by people with underlying health conditions and those older than 65 are next in line as they are identified by OHA’s equity-focused Vaccine Advisory Committee.

Most Oregon hospitals and health systems that registered as vaccine provider sites are expected to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine over the next two weeks. Follow-up shipments are anticipated on December 22 and December 29.

Pharmaceutical company Moderna submitted a EUA (Emergency Use Authorization) application on November 30, which will be reviewed on December 17. If the EUA is granted and the Moderna vaccine is approved by the Scientific Safety Review Workgroup, vaccines will be scheduled for delivery in Oregon on December 22 and December 29.