Frontline college, university workers eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations beginning May 1
Photos and Story by James Hill
Oregon Governor Kate Brown announced that frontline employees of the state’s public and private colleges and universities will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccination beginning May 1. This includes faculty and staff at Oregon’s community colleges, public and private universities who have routine and direct contact with others, including students, as part of their jobs.
For re-opening plans and COVID-19 information related to the college, visit PCC’s resource pages for students and staff.
Oregon’s post-secondary institutions are grateful to the Governor for recognizing the importance of vaccinating college and university workers as a critical step in the state’s economic recovery. Too many Oregonians have made the difficult decision to delay or completely forgo post-secondary education, stagnating the economic recovery and slowing social mobility. A return to in-person instruction will ensure everyone can avert further decline of highly valued training, certificates and degrees for Oregon’s workforce.
While a few institutions have been able to offer in-person instruction in the current academic year, opening eligibility for vaccination to post-secondary employees will bring all the institutions one step closer to a full resumption of in-person instruction and activities and will provide current and prospective students assurance about safe operations and plans for the fall. This will allow Oregon’s colleges and universities to better serve their communities and students, many of whom are first-generation, low income and from systemically marginalized communities.
Allowing higher education access to vaccinations will greatly assist institutions in completing our mission to provide Oregon’s intellectual capital and qualified workforce for the future, Gov. Brown said.
Remember, timelines may change due to unknown factors that could delay vaccination plans.
To view more localized vaccination plans, visit the Oregon Health Authority website’s vaccine rollout page, or view the PDF phase rollout charts.