FDA COVID-19 Vaccine Information
The Food and Drug Administration has approved the emergency use of the first COVID vaccine. Since the initial supply is minimal, the Centers for Disease Control and Oregon Health Authority are directing the first doses to certain high-risk health care personnel, as well as residents and patients in long-term care facilities. This means, in keeping with CDC/OHA recommendations, it is not being offered to the general public at this time.
Please visit the Oregon Health Authority’s Vaccine Distribution Page: covidvaccine.oregon.gov for updates on the vaccine’s availability in Oregon.
Benton County COVID vaccine updates:
Vaccine distribution is limited to groups in Phase 1A at this time. We do not have additional information about Phase 1b or beyond at this time. Notices for Phase 1b vaccinations will be posted to the Benton County COVID-19 website here: co.benton.or.us/covid19/page/covid-19-vaccine. You can sign up to receive updates about COVID-19 vaccine distribution and administration in Benton County here: https://www.co.benton.or.us/covid19/page/vaccine-email-distribution-list
Linn County COVID vaccine updates:
Vaccine distribution is limited to groups in Phase 1A at this time. For vaccination offerings in Linn County, visit this website for more information: https://www.linncountyhealth.org/ph/page/covid-19-vaccines-information
Do you know when the vaccine will be available for patients?
We do not know when the vaccine will be readily available for all patients. We are working closely with our local public health departments to coordinate efforts to distribute vaccines (when available) to our patients who are eligible to receive the vaccine.
Is there a waiting list available?
No, we do not have a waiting list available.
Will patients be communicated to when the vaccine is available?
When the COVID vaccination is available to the general public, we will notify our patients through the patient portal and this web page.
We will keep this page updated when the vaccine is readily available to broader groups.
I have Coronavirus symptoms – what should I do?
Please call the clinic before coming in if you have any coronavirus symptoms including fever, chills or shaking, cough or sore throat; shortness of breath; muscle aches or pains; loss of smell or taste; headache, or any cold or flu-like symptoms. Our nurse triage or care team will evaluate your symptoms and you will be routed to appropriate care and testing. Our Immediate Care Center will also see persons with potential COVID-19 symptoms or you can schedule a virtual telemedicine appointment with one of our QuickCare providers. Please call before entering any of our clinic buildings.
I don’t have a Primary Care Doctor but think I might have COVID-19 symptoms? What can I do?
Patients can schedule an appointment with one of our QuickCare clinics or with the Immediate Care Center (Corvallis).
Where can I get tested for COVID-19 at the Clinic?
Coronavirus testing requires a clinician’s order. You can find out if you need COVID-19 testing by contacting your primary care provider. If you do not have a primary care provider, you can do a virtual telemedicine visit with one of our QuickCare providers. If a test is ordered, you will be scheduled to get tested at our drive-up testing center in Corvallis next to the tent in the Aumann building front parking lot.
Do I need to wear a mask if I come to the clinic?
Yes, you need to wear a mask or cloth face covering. All staff, patients, and visitors to The Corvallis Clinic are required to wear a mask or face covering upon entry to any clinic location. Clinic staff must wear face masks accordingly to Clinic policy. Patients and visitors may use non-medical face coverings including cloth masks, bandanas, or similar coverings. The CDC does not recommend face coverings for young children under 2-years old. The Clinic will not require face coverings for these children, or anyone who has trouble breathing or is unable to remove the mask without assistance.
Vented masks are not to be worn inside The Corvallis Clinic. Masks with a small plastic vent allow the wearer’s breath to leave the mask and potentially release COVID-infected particles.
Can I bring a family member to my appointment?
Unless medically needed, visitor restrictions are in place for all clinic offices.
Can I be tested for traveling reasons?
Due to limits in supply, TCC cannot currently accommodate COVID-19 test requests for travel protocols or other non-clinical reasons such as pre-employment or pre-moving to dorms that require test results within 72 hours.
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Patient and Staff Safety is Our Top Priority
Please see the resources below to stay up to date with the novel coronavirus impact in the state of Oregon and our local community here in Benton County.
Benton County: Please call 541-766-6120 for general questions on COVID-19 from 11:00am – 5:00pm, Monday-Friday.
Oregon Health Authority (State): Please call 211 for general questions on COVID-19.
Practice Daily Prevention
To reduce your risk of infection and prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19 viruses:
- Put distance between yourself and other people as COVID-19 continues to spread in our community (about 6 feet)
- Wear an appropriate mask or face covering
- Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
- Cover your mouth and nose with your elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Clean and disinfect surfaces you often touch
- Stay home from work, school, and public areas if you’re sick
- Take care of your health overall by staying current on your vaccinations, healthy eating, and exercising
Other Resources: Surviving Social Distancing, a message from Dr. Cara Wheeler, Psychologist at The Corvallis Clinic