DRO: You may be eligible to get vaccinated now

DRO: Disability Rights Oregon

You may be eligible to get vaccinated now


Staff who work with people with disabilities and some family members may get vaccinated now

Vaccines that have been tested and proven effective at protecting people from COVID-19 are available in Oregon for some groups of people who are at high-risk from the virus.

Today, to help you understand your rights related to the COVID-19 vaccine, Disability Rights Oregon published Know Your Rights: People with Disabilities and the COVID-19 Vaccine.

I have a disability. Can I get the COVID-19 vaccine?

In Oregon, you are eligible to get the COVID vaccine under Phase 1A of Oregon's Vaccine Plan if you are 16 years old or older and one of the following is true for you:

You live in a residential facility for people with disabilities, like a nursing home, group home, or foster care home.
You live at home and need any kind of in-home support related to your disability.
You are a family member or helper who provides services or supports for someone with a disability, even if you are not paid. 
You are a parent of a medically-fragile child.

Staff who work with people with disabilities can also get the vaccine, including:

Personal Support Workers (PSWs)
Direct Support Professionals (DSPs)
Other paid support staff
Family members who provide unpaid support

How do I get the COVID-19 vaccine?

The Oregon Health Authority has not set up a phone number to easily get this information. Finding information about where to schedule an appointment to receive the vaccine is difficult. To receive the vaccine we recommend:

If you receive in-home services: Contact your caseworker or personal agent for help.
If you live in a residential facility: Contact the manager of the facility for help.
If you live independently and do not have a caseworker or personal agent: Contact your local public health authority, dial 211 on your phone, or email the Oregon Health Authority at COVID19 [dot] vaccine [at] dhsoha [dot] state [dot] or [dot] us.

Share your COVID vaccine story 

Getting vaccinated is your choice. Please help inform our advocacy by sharing your story if you or your family member is eligible to get a vaccine, but:

have not been able to find out where to get it or when

have been denied the vaccine

have been told you have to prove you are a person with a disability who is eligible to receive the vaccine or
have been denied a reasonable accommodation that you've requested

Share your story using this webform: droregon.org/vaccine-story