County and Samaritan plan vaccine clinic at Reser Today

Benton County and Samaritan Health Services will partner to host a vaccination clinic at Reser Stadium on the Oregon State University campus this Thursday, February 18, from 12:00-4:00 p.m. Thursday’s clinic will vaccinate people who are currently eligible for vaccination under Oregon Health Authority’s vaccine sequencing guidance. All appointments for this vaccine clinic are full.

Due to a nationwide storm system, vaccine shipments were delayed across the state and country leaving Benton County without its expected doses of the Moderna vaccine. Using their regional approach, Samaritan Health Services was able to respond quickly to supply chain variables and stabilize doses across their planned clinics. As a result of these unforeseen events, Thursday’s clinic will administer the Pfizer vaccine rather than the Moderna doses that were originally anticipated.

At this time, the Pfizer vaccine is only approved for use in people 16 and older. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the Pfizer vaccine under an emergency use authorization (EUA) in December 2020. More information about Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine can be found on the EUA fact sheet. 

To broaden access to those without email, Benton County’s Emergency Operations Center has implemented a process to call eligible individuals who have completed the County’s mandatory vaccine assessment survey and indicated phone is the only method of communication for scheduling. Additionally, Samaritan Health Services opened a vaccine scheduling call center for those unable to access the internet to schedule vaccine appointments.

All vaccination planning and distribution depend on the availability of the vaccine. The Oregon Health Authority projects it will take 12 to 15 weeks to vaccinate currently eligible groups, as well as those 65 and older who will become eligible in the coming weeks. Eligible individuals interested in future clinics, are encouraged to complete Benton County’s vaccine needs assessment survey to be notified about future vaccination scheduling opportunities. The survey is available online in English and Spanish.

Vaccinations will take place on the stadium’s east concourse adjacent to gates A, B and C on Parker Plaza.

Free parking will be available for vaccination clinic patients only in clearly marked areas of the Reser Stadium parking lot located at Southwest Western Boulevard and Southwest 26th Street across from the LaSells Stewart Center on the OSU campus. During the vaccination clinic, this parking area will be closed to OSU commuter parking. OSU permit holders may park in any open lot within their permitted zone, including C zone spaces located to the west of Reser Stadium, which can be accessed from the entrance on Southwest 30th Street.