COVID-19 Prevention & Response Plan


March 30, 2020

Dear students, parents, faculty, and staff,

We write to you with an update on Oregon’s vaccination plan and vaccine distribution at Reed College. As of today, Reed has not received the COVID-19 vaccine for distribution to the campus community. We continue to work with the state and will update the community when we have more information. When Reed receives the vaccine, the college will be required to follow the eligibility criteria and schedule outlined by Oregon Health Authority (OHA). Below is a summary of eligibility as of March 26, 2021.

Reed staff, faculty, and Reed affiliates (e.g., Bon Appétit) are eligible under one of four phases:

  • Phase 1A group 1 (health-care workers and first responders), eligible December 12
  • Phase 1B group 5 (adults 65+), eligible March 8
  • Phase 1B group 6 (adults 45–64 with underlying conditions and houseless people), eligible March 29
  • Phase 1B group 7 (frontline workers*), eligible April 5

Reed students are eligible under one of three phases:

  • Phase 1B group 6 (houseless people), eligible March 29
  • Phase 1B group 7 (adults 16–44 with underlying conditions and frontline workers*), eligible April 5
  • Phase 2 (all adults 16 and older), eligible May 1

*Phase 1B group 7 frontline workers = all Reed staff, faculty, Reed affiliates (e.g., Bon Appétit), current student workers, and any students who plan to seek student work, including research, before July 1, 2021.

We have created a vaccine FAQ to answer some of the most common questions we have received. We strongly recommend you review the FAQ and the eligibility schedule for updates.

The COVID-19 Risk Assessment Working Group is planning to send the following communications in the coming months (dates are subject to change):

  • April 1: Email regarding spring break and the end of spring term
  • May 6: Email regarding the end of spring term and fall 2021 plans
  • June 15: Email regarding fall 2021 plans; update of COVID-19 Prevention & Response Plan website
  • July 29: Email providing an update on fall 2021 operations

Thank you for your ongoing commitment to maintaining the health and well-being of our community. If you have any questions, please send an email to

The COVID-19 Risk Assessment Working Group

PS You can view all COVID-19 communications to members of the Reed community on the COVID-19 Prevention & Response Plan website.


COVID-19 Risk Assessment Working Group

Kathy Oleson, Dean of the Faculty & Professor of Psychology
Hugh Porter, Vice President for College Relations & Planning

Cindy Anderson, Interim Dean of Students
Lorraine Arvin, Vice President and Treasurer
Gary Granger, Director of Community Safety
Mandy Heaton, Executive Director of Communications & Public Affairs
Karnell McConnell-Black, Vice President for Student Life
Madison Riethman, COVID-19 Response Coordinator and Health Project Manager
Suzy Renn, Professor of Biology
Timmie Rochon, Medical Services Director
April Sams, Director of Risk Management & Environmental Health and Safet