Phase 1b Group 7 eligible in Benton County; Alsea vaccination clinic April 10

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Benton County Health Department submitted an attestation to Oregon Governor Kate Brown for its efforts to offer the COVID-19 vaccine and vaccinate individuals in Phase 1b group 6 populations. 

The attestation summarizes the County's efforts to ensure that eligible persons in Phase 1b group 6 had access to vaccination opportunities. It also demonstrates ongoing outreach to ensure that access to this phase continues. This attestation allows Benton County to be able to move into vaccinating individuals in Phase 1b group 7, which includes but is not limited to frontline workers, multigenerational households, and people aged 16-44 with one or more underlying health conditions.

“We are thrilled to be able to move to Group 7 a few days early. Our partnership with local agencies, organizations and providers has allowed us to quickly reach our Group 6 populations and move forward to Group 7,” said Bryan Lee, Benton County Emergency Manager. “Moving into Group 7 aligns with our surge planning, especially with our small vaccine clinics launching in Alsea next week.”

On April 10, 2021, Benton County will host a small vaccine clinic at the Alsea School from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. To schedule an appointment, eligible individuals may call the Benton County Liaison Team at 541-766-6464, or they may walk in to the Alsea Health Center at 435 E Alder Street, Alsea 97324. Visit https://www.bentonlinnhealthcenters.org/alsea-health-center/ for the Health Center’s operating hours.

Benton County’s mobile and small clinics prioritize vaccinating hard to reach populations and populations that cannot attend a mass vaccination clinic. To date, the County spearheaded several mobile clinics, vaccinating over 50 individuals experiencing homelessness or housing insecurity, fifteen adults in custody, and over 280 individuals experiencing severe barriers to accessing mass vaccination sites. 

Benton County will host another mobile clinic this Friday, April 2 to continue to serve the houseless population in Benton County, and intends to host a small vaccine clinic in Monroe, Oregon on April 17 and April 18. Clinic hours of operation and scheduling details will be available in the near future. 

Upcoming small and mobile clinics will continue to target and serve rural populations, agricultural workers and people experiencing houselessness.