County issues vaccine scam alert; Mass vaccine clinics at Reser on March 11-12

Benton County has received reports of a vaccine scam alert. Individuals are receiving phone calls from someone identifying themselves as “Misty” calling from the Benton County Fairgrounds and telling individuals that they are confirming their appointment for a COVID-19 vaccine.

The Benton County Event Center & Fairgrounds does not call individuals to schedule or confirm COVID-19 vaccination appointments. If you receive a call or voicemail identical or similar to the scenario described above, hang up and report the scammer to the Sheriff’s Office at 541-766-6858. If you are unsure if a real vaccine scheduler is contacting you, call the Benton County COVID-19 Phone Bank at 541-766-6120.

Mass Vaccination Clinics at Reser Stadium March 11-12

Benton County and Samaritan Health Services are partnering to host another round of mass COVID-19 vaccinations at Reser Stadium on the Oregon State University campus on Thursday, March 11, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Friday, March 12, from 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Appointments for the clinics are full.

Thursday’s clinic will administer first and second doses of the Moderna vaccine and second doses of the Pfizer vaccine to currently eligible individuals. Friday’s clinic will administer first doses of the Pfizer vaccine to currently eligible individuals. The Moderna and Pfizer vaccines are not interchangeable.

Currently the Moderna vaccine is only approved for use in adults 18 and older. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the Moderna vaccine under an emergency use authorization (EUA) in December 2020. More information about Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine can be found on the EUA fact sheet. 

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 and Samaritan Health Services have processes to call eligible individuals who have completed the County’s mandatory vaccine assessment survey and indicated “by phone is the only method of communication for scheduling”.

All vaccination planning and distribution depend on the availability of the vaccine. 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.