Federal and state officials determine the number and type of vaccines sent to Multnomah County residents.
Most people will receive their vaccine through community vaccination sites managed by Portland area hospitals or local pharmacies. Multnomah County receives a smaller share, and works through its clinics and in the community to protect those most at risk for illness and death.
Where the vaccines go:
The four metro hospital systems — OHSU, Province, Kaiser Permanente and Legacy — currently operate two mass vaccination sites for the general public. Pharmacies also directly administer vaccine. Together these initiatives provide the vast majority of vaccines to people in Multnomah County.
Multnomah County’s Federally Qualified Health Center administers vaccines through state and federal vaccine equity programs. About two-thirds of the Health Center's 60,000 patients identify as people of color, and more than 40 percent are best served in a language other than English. Nearly 20 percent of patients have no insurance, and 95 percent of clients live below 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Guideline.
Multnomah County’s Public Health vaccine clinics focus on people experiencing barriers, centering the specific needs of Black, Indigenous, and other people of color. While eligible White and non-white people can access any one of these clinics, the focus on BIPOC needs allows maximum efficiency and reach for those communities.
Counts for the most recent week may be incomplete. Counts will be updated as data becomes available. For a comprehensive look at county-level vaccination rates by all vaccinators, see the Oregon Health Authority's COVID-19 vaccination trends dashboard.
Multnomah County’s vaccine distribution
Vaccine supply fluctuates significantly week-to-week. Multnomah County pivots quickly to distribute the small allotment of vaccine each week to focus efforts on a subset of the broader community, specifically those people disproportionately impacted by the pandemic who are at highest risk and who are least likely to access a mass vaccine clinic.
Public Health has held specific vaccination clinics for community health workers, medical interpreters and traditional health workers including people who serve as a community health worker, Doula, Peer Support Specialist, Peer Wellness Specialist, and Personal Health Navigator. They are members of the region’s workforce most likely to work directly with BIPOC and immigrant community members at high risk and identify as members of their communities.
Public Health participates in a number of community vaccination clinics in partnership with partner organizations and vaccinators from other agencies. Some have had a specific cultural focus: Black and African-American, Pacific Islander, Native, African Immigrant, LGBTQ, Latinx, Muslim, Asian and other BIPOC communities. Other people at high risk have been promoted to these focused vaccination clinics.
Multnomah County’s Federally Qualified Health Center holds vaccine clinics each week at sites across the County for patients who are disproportionately impacted by COVID-19—specifically reaching out to qualifying BIPOC patients. In addition, the Health Center has provided access to other healthcare workers by vaccinating peer organizations, including other health centers.
When the Biden Administration created the Federally Qualified Health Centers Vaccination Program, it expanded access to COVID-19 vaccinations for underserved and vulnerable populations. Multnomah County’s Community Health Center was chosen as one of the initial pilot clinics to bring more vaccine to the county’s most vulnerable population.
Multnomah County Community Health Center also receives a small vaccine allocation from OHA weekly to vaccinate those vulnerable patients.
Health Center staff are reaching out to each patient individually to offer vaccine appointments, and that outreach strategy has prioritized BIPOC and immigrant patients in the group that has been contacted first. Of those patients who have been vaccinated to date, about 64 percent identify as people of color. Patients may also request to be contacted about an appointment by submitting an interest form or calling the patient access center.
Each public health and FQHC clinic is operated in partnership with trusted community organizations and anecdotal we hear that client satisfaction is high and language interpretation needs are met. We also located those clinics intentionally in neighborhoods with higher concentrations of BIPOC and immigrant communities.