February 16, 2021 Press Release from Yamhill County Health and Human Services Department
Yamhill County continues to vaccinate those eligible as quickly as we receive doses. The rate at which it is possible to move through these phases depends on the allocated amount received each week from OHA.
For the week of February 15th, Yamhill County Public Health is expecting to receive 900 doses and scheduled to give all 900 doses by Friday.
This week individuals 75 years or older became eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. In addition, we will continue to vaccinate phase 1B, group 1 which includes staff of k-12 schools, early learning and childcare providers as well as individuals in phase 1A. As a reminder, this includes groups of healthcare workers, long-term care facilities, first responders, caregivers of medically fragile children and adults with a disability or medical condition that required in home care and their caregivers.
Last week The State Vaccine Advisory Committee recommended that those with underlying health conditions and essential workers be next in line for COVID-19 vaccine eligibility. However, the State has not yet defined what is considered an eligible underlying health condition or who will be considered an essential worker. Additionally, there has been no timeline set for when these individuals will become eligible. Yamhill County Health Department will update it’s website as more information becomes available.
Yamhill County has a registration process for individuals who are currently eligible or will be eligible based on age in the upcoming weeks. This is a registration to be on our list, not a way to schedule an appointment for vaccine. Once the individual is eligible and vaccine is available, they will receive an email with instructions on how to schedule an appointment for a vaccine. If the individual does not have an email address, they will receive a phone call from Yamhill County Public Health staff to schedule. We are currently working to vaccinate these groups as quickly as possible as vaccine allocations allow. Individuals and organizations that believe they are eligible for phase 1A or 1B should register HERE or call 503-474-4100 with questions or assistance with registration.
Small amounts of vaccine are being provided to primary care providers throughout Yamhill County to make the COVID-19 vaccine more accessible for eligible individuals. When clinics have vaccine, the individual will be contacted by their provider to schedule an appointment to receive the vaccine as well as the second dose 28-42 days after the initial dose. We are also working with older adult independent living facilities to coordinate onsite vaccine administration once it is available.
Yamhill County Public Health continues to partner with Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue, McMinnville Fire Department, Providence Medical Group, West Valley Fire District, Willamette Valley Medical Center and Virginia Garcia to facilitate vaccine clinics. These clinics allow a greater number of eligible individuals to get vaccinated each week.
For general information on COVID-19 visit our local page https://hhs.co.yamhill.or.us/publichealth/page/covid-19-coronavirus-information
If you are having a medical emergency, call 911.
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