About the Committee
The COVID-19 VAC will advise OHA on vaccine sequencing plans for Phases 1b, 1c and 2, with the goal of ensuring that communities most impacted by COVID-19 are included. Using OHA’s definition of health equity, the COVID-19 VAC will:
- Advise OHA on the ethical principles that should guide decisions on sequencing of COVID-19 vaccines.
- Review data on COVID-19 and immunization inequities.
- Using the ethical principles, advise OHA on equitable vaccine sequencing.
Oregon Health Authority has a 10-year goal to eliminate health inequities by 2030. In order to achieve this strategic goal and to bring the pandemic to an end, OHA must engage meaningfully with communities most impacted and often left out of the decisions that affect their lives. The goal of the COVID-19 Vaccine Advisory Committee (VAC) is to co-create a vaccine sequencing plan focused on health equity to ensure the needs of systemically affected populations, including communities of color, tribal communities and people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, are met.
The VAC recommendations and statement of intent are contained in this memo.