We’re hosting a vaccine clinic on Saturday: Here’s who is eligible

The Malheur County Health Department will administer 400 doses of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine on Saturday, Feb. 6, to people who live or work in Malheur County and are in Phase 1a and Phase 1b.1. Those are typically considered the “healthcare” and “teacher” phases of the vaccine rollout, but eligibility goes beyond those simple identifiers.

For example, a 47-year-old woman who provides care to her 72-year-old father-in-law is eligible to be vaccinated, and her father-in-law is, too. They qualify under Phase 1a-Group 3. Similarly, the parents of a medically fragile 3-year-old are also eligible, regardless of where they work or how old they are. Under Phase 1b.1, someone who provides childcare in their home is currently eligible, as are all the staff of an early learning facility.

Here’s a breakdown of eligibility:

Phase 1a Group 1

  • Hospital staff with patient care responsibilities
  • Urgent care
  • Skilled nursing and memory care facility healthcare personnel and residents
  • Tribal health programs
  • Emergency medical services providers and other first responders
  • All health care interpreters and traditional health workers in any setting within Phase 1a

Group 2

  • Other long-term care facilities, including all paid and unpaid healthcare personnel, all staff and contractors, including residents who meet the age requirements of:
  • Residential care facilities
  • Adult foster care
  • Group homes for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities
  • Other similar congregate care sites
  • Hospice programs
  • Mobile crisis care and related services
  • Individuals working in a correctional setting

Group 3

  • Healthcare personnel in outpatient settings serving specific high-risk groups
  • Day treatment services
  • Non-emergency medical transport
  • Paid or unpaid caregivers (including parents or foster parents) of medically fragile children or adults who live at home
  • Adults and age-eligible children who have a medical condition or disability who receive services in their homes

Group 4

  • All other outpatient healthcare personnel
  • Other healthcare personnel who provide direct service to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and other high-risk populations
  • Other public health settings, such as healthcare personnel serving WIC, or community-based organizations with direct or indirect exposures

Phase 1b Group 1

Childcare providers, early learning and K-12 educators and staff


Saturday’s indoor vaccine clinic will take place at the Four Rivers Cultural Center, located at  676 SW 5th Ave. in Ontario, from 10 a.m. until roughly 2 p.m., or as long as vaccines last. Vaccine will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis. There is no out-of-pocket cost for the vaccine. Administration fees will be billed to insurance when insurance is available; please bring your insurance card(s). You are also asked to wear a mask.

Please use the south entrance of the cultural center, near the theater. The back parking lot, located between the cultural center and TVCC’s Weese Building, will provide the closest access. Several wheelchairs will be available for use. Although the event takes place indoors, participants will likely be required to stand in line outdoors for a period of time. Please dress according to the weather and be prepared to stand for a while.

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