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COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility for Oregonians Living with HIV

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Sex and COVID

COVID-19 Vaccine & HIV Community Forum

Recorded 2/8/2021. Questions were collected statewide from HIV service providers and HIV community groups.

Full list of panelists and timestamps of questions asked is below. If you have questions that are not answered in the video, please submit them here, and we will post the answer and/or contact you to follow up. To view the video in full-screen, click here.


  • Ryan White Program, Part A, Multnomah County
  • Ryan White Program, Part B, Oregon Health Authority (OHA)


  • Tim Menza, he/they; HIV/STD/TB Medical Director, OHA; Assistant Professor, OHSU; HIV medical provider, Multnomah County Health Services Center
  • Shimi Sharief, she/her; Senior Health Advisor, COVID-19 Response & Recovery Unit, OHA
  • Kim Toevs, she/they; Communicable Disease and STD Programs Director, COVID-19 Emergency Operations Center, Multnomah County

  • Muriel DeLaVergne-Brown, she/her; Health and Human Services Director, Crook County; Vaccine Advisory Committee member; former Co-Chair, HIV Care Coalition
  • Kristen Darmody, she/her; Health Equity Analyst, COVID-19 Response & Recovery Unit, OHA

Questions (video timestamps)

  • (4:03) What is the status of Oregon’s statewide vaccine plan? 
  • (4:55) What’s the role of the Vaccine Advisory Committee?
  • (7:00) How are the needs of people living with HIV being taken into account when decisions are made about priority populations? Are there ways to get involved?
  • (12:00) Is the vaccine safe for people living with HIV?
  • (15:50) Is HIV a prioritized medical condition in the vaccine distribution plan? How will PLWH document/prove eligibility based on HIV status?
  • (16:50) How will people living with HIV know when they are eligible for a vaccine?
  • (26:15) How are community based organizations (CBOS) sharing best practices, engaging with the community for outreach, cultural sensitivity and awareness, statewide?
  • (29:00) Where can people get the vaccine once they are eligible? How do we sign up?
  • (34:10) How proactive do we have to be as persons living with HIV? Will someone contact me?
  • (37:48) How are you ensuring equitable access to vaccines?

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