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As the state's academic health center, Oregon Health & Science University remains engaged with state and local public health authorities and health systems across the metro area to coordinate a regional response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The goal is to contain the spread of the virus, including through the use of vaccines that first arrived at OHSU on Dec. 15, 2020.
Beginning in the earliest days of the pandemic, OHSU activated an emergency operations center that adapted response plans already in place from previous pandemic influenza outbreaks, and this group continues to meet.
OHSU has prepared to treat a surge of patients with COVID-19 while working proactively to contain the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and protect our workforce.
OHSU has committed its entire organization to deploying COVID-19 vaccines, starting with difficult-to-reach community members and underserved communities. The university has also engaged students and trainees to vaccinate Oregonians.
After federal and state authorities recommended two COVID vaccines for children as young as 6 months old in June 2022, OHSU organized appointment-only vaccination clinics for younger children at OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. OHSU Health also continues to offer vaccinations for individuals 12 years or older by appointment only at various OHSU Health pharmacies, and on a walk-in basis for individuals 5 years or older through community-based vaccination events.
More information about OHSU vaccine services and our online vaccination appointment reservation system is available at the OHSU COVID-19 Vaccines website.
The mass-vaccination clinics at the Portland International Airport, Red Economy Parking Lot and Oregon Convention Center closed June 19, 2021, after delivering more than 800,000 vaccine doses from those two sites alone. OHSU’s last day managing the Portland Expo Center location was Jan. 14, 2022. OHSU also ran an indoor vaccination clinic on OHSU’s South Waterfront campus between Jan. 19 and April 14, 2022.
OHSU is committed to ensuring all Oregonians have access to COVID-19 testing and appropriate health care, particularly people of color and other individuals from communities hardest hit by COVID-19. Throughout the pandemic, OHSU offered low-barrier drive-through testing that has tracked surges in case counts, at various points accommodating as many as 700 people a day through sites in Hillsboro, the Oregon Convention Center and the Portland Expo Center.
Starting March 14, 2022, patients and community members can get free COVID-19 testing at OHSU immediate care clinics on its South Waterfront Campus and in Beaverton. Testing will be indoor and by appointment from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. People may call OHSU's Connected Care Center at 833-647-8222 to schedule.
Learn more about other OHSU COVID-19 testing options and resources.
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