Today, June 28, is the last day that Jackson County Public Health will be providing COVID-19 vaccinations at the Expo. Jackson County Public Health will move back to the Jackson County Health & Human Services building, located at 140 South Holly Street in Medford, tomorrow, June 29. Jackson County Public Health will continue providing the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines at this location, both first and second doses.
Those who need their second dose of the Moderna vaccine and received their first dose at the Expo will now go to Jackson County Public Health, located at 140 South Holly Street in Medford. They can also access the vaccine from other providers in the community. Go to the Jackson County Health and Human Services website at https://jacksoncountyor.org/hhs/COVID19/Vaccine-Appointments for more information.
Jackson County Public Health offers the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19. New operating hours beginning on June 29, at the 140 South Holly Street location, is from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm and closed during the lunch hour from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm, Monday through Friday.
Anyone can access the vaccine at Jackson County Public Health; the vaccine is free, insurance information is not required, identification is not required, and Spanish interpreters are available. Appointments are not required but are encouraged and can be made by calling 541-774-8209.
“Even though the state will be reopening, vaccinations remain a critical tool to fighting this pandemic, as well as staying home when you are sick and washing your hands,” states Tanya Phillips, Health Promotion Manager for Jackson County Public Health.
“We know that vaccines work; vaccines have been one of the greatest successes in the history of public health, saving millions of people’s lives,” says Dr. Shames, Health Officer for Jackson County. “It is not too late to get vaccinated.”
Studies show that the COVID-19 mRNA vaccines offer similar protection in real-world conditions as they did in the clinical trials, reducing the risk of COVID-19 by 90% or more and preventing severe illness. In addition to providing protection against COVID-19, there is increasing evidence that COVID-19 vaccines also provide protection against COVID-19 infections without symptoms (asymptomatic infections). COVID-19 vaccination can reduce the spread of disease overall, helping protect people around you.
While COVID-19 vaccines are working well, some people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will still get sick, because no vaccines are 100% effective. These are called vaccine breakthrough cases. However, there are some data to suggest that vaccination may make symptoms less severe in people who are vaccinated but still get COVID-19. mRNA COVID-19 vaccines have been shown to provide protection against severe illness and hospitalization among people of all ages eligible to receive them. This includes people 65 years and older who are at higher risk of severe outcomes from COVID-19.
It typically takes about two weeks for the body to build protection after vaccination. You are fully vaccinated two weeks after your second dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine and two weeks after your single dose of the Johnson & Johnson/J&J. It is possible you could still get COVID19 soon after vaccination because your body has not had enough time to build full protection. Keep taking precautions until you are fully vaccinated.
COVID-19 Two-Week Case Data
For weeks 24 & 25 (6/13/2021 – 6/26/2021), there were a total of 198 new COVID-19 cases. This is a case rate of 88.7 cases per 100,000 population.
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