[Libs-Or] Vaccine distribution

NIELSEN Buzzy * SLO Buzzy.NIELSEN at slo.oregon.gov
Wed Jan 27 13:18:02 PST 2021

Hi everyone,

Several of you have questions about library workers and COVID-19 vaccines. Most library and retail workers are not mentioned in Oregon's draft vaccination plan<https://www.oregon.gov/oha/covid19/Documents/COVID-19-Vaccination-Plan-Oregon.pdf> or other current documentation on vaccine distribution. However, the situation is changing rapidly, and the State Library is trying to track it to see how libraries are affected.

The state currently is in Phase 1B of distribution. The Oregon Health Authority has created an infographic<https://sharedsystems.dhsoha.state.or.us/DHSForms/Served/le3527A.pdf> detailing what groups are in Phases 1A and B and the timelines. Generally speaking, these phases include healthcare workers, long-term care facility staff & residents, caregivers, K-12 and early childhood educators and workers, and people ages 65 and older. K-12 school library staff are included on the list of educators<https://sharedsystems.dhsoha.state.or.us/DHSForms/Served/le3566.pdf> currently eligible to receive vaccines as of this week.

Subsequent priority groups for vaccination will be determined in coordination with Oregon's COVID-19 Vaccine Advisory Committee<https://www.oregon.gov/oha/PH/PREVENTIONWELLNESS/VACCINESIMMUNIZATION/IMMUNIZATIONPARTNERSHIPS/Pages/COVID-19-Vaccine-Advisory-Committee.aspx>, which includes individuals representing a large cross-section of people and expertise from around the state. If you have thoughts on vaccine prioritization, you can submit comments<https://www.oregon.gov/oha/PH/PREVENTIONWELLNESS/VACCINESIMMUNIZATION/IMMUNIZATIONPARTNERSHIPS/Pages/COVID-19-Vaccine-Advisory-Committee.aspx#comments> to the Committee for consideration.

More information about the COVID-19 vaccine in Oregon is available from OHA's vaccine website<https://covidvaccine.oregon.gov/>. You can also find more library-specific information about the pandemic on the State Library's COVID-19 LibGuide<https://libguides.osl.state.or.us/coronavirus>.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Stay safe, stay healthy

Buzzy Nielsen, MPP, MSI
Program Manager, Library Support & Development Services
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