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Healthy Living: Preparing for the next phases of vaccine distribution

As the CDC and the Oregon Health Authority finalize their guidance for the next phases of vaccine distribution, providers are also preparing their own plans.

Posted: Jan 6, 2021 6:19 PM
Updated: May 3, 2021 11:01 AM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Oregon Medical Group has been inundated with calls from patients wondering about when they will be able to get the vaccine and how the process will work.

As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Oregon Health Authority finalize their guidance for the next phases of vaccine distribution, providers are also preparing their own plans. While there is still uncertainty, a broad timeline is coming into focus.

In Phase 1a, healthcare workers, long-term care facilities, first responders and other frontline workers are currently getting the vaccine. After that, outpatient settings that serve high-risk patients will begin receiving vaccine shipments. Only after that will providers like Oregon Medical Group get access.

Oregon Medical Group is still waiting on their first shipment of the vaccine and expect to receive it within the next two weeks with staff and clinicians receiving it first, following state guidelines. They expect to receive the Moderna vaccine as they will be able to store it longer than the Pfizer vaccine -- for up to 30 days -- though this may change as supply-chain needs shift.

Once vaccine distribution opens up to a broader public, Oregon Medical Group said it will develop a system to identify their high-risk patients to get the vaccine before others.

After that, it will be available to all of their patients who request it, with existing patients receiving priority.

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