Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine arrives in Oregon

Dec 14 2020, 12:24 pm

Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines have arrived in Oregon.

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 are 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. They are each expected to receive 975 doses each.

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 an EUA 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.