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COVID-19 Vaccine

Available to those in Phase 1A and Phase 1B Groups 1-7, outlined by the OHA

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The COVID-19 vaccine is available to those in Phase 1A and Phase 1B Groups 1-7, outlined by the Oregon Health Authority.  

There are three vaccines that have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration: Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson. All of the vaccines are safe and the most effective way to stop the spread of COVID-19.  

The best COVID-19 vaccine is the one you can get! 

  • After you have been vaccinated, it remains important to continue wearing a mask, limit your social gatherings, physically distance from others outside of your household, wash your hands, and stay home and away from others if you become sick.

  • March 26, 2021, Governor Kate Brown announced another update to accelerated timeline for vaccinating Oregonians. Beginning April 5, Phase 1B, Group 7 will be eligible on April 5, 2021. Eligibility infographic timeline.

How do I find out if I am eligible to get vaccinated?

Go to https://covidvaccine.oregon.gov/ and use the NEW Get Vaccinated Oregon tool. It is designed to help you understand if you are eligible. You will want to register to get updates on vaccination opportunities.

Aging and Disabilities Resource Connection (ADRC) is available to help seniors navigate the process and access the COVID-19 vaccine in Jackson and Josephine Counties. Call ADRC at  541-618-7572.

Reach out to 211 for information on eligibility or help finding out where to access the vaccine:

Currently vaccinating Phase 1A and Phase 1B, Groups 1-7 (updated 4/6/21)

  • Phase 1A, Group 1: Hospital workers, EMS, first responders including law enforcement and fire, Long Term care residents and staff, Urgent Care staff, vaccinators. 

  • Phase 1A, Group 2: Other Residential care facilities and congregate care sites including residents, Healthcare personnel, all staff and contractors; hospice programs; behavioral health mobile crisis care, secure transport; individuals working in correctional settings. Traditional healthcare workers or healthcare interpreters working in any of these settings

  • Phase 1A, Group 3: Outpatient settings serving specific high-risk groups; in home care; day treatment services, Non-Emergency Medical Transport.

  • Phase 1A, Group 4:  Healthcare personnel in other outpatient settings, public health, early learning sites and death care workers.

  • Phase 1B, Group 1: K-12 teachers and staff, childcare providers, early learning. 

  • Phase 1B, Group 2: People 80 years and older

  • Phase 1B, Group 3: People 75 years and older

  • Phase 1B, Group 4: People 70 years and older

  • Phase 1B, Group 5: People 65 years and older

  • Phase 1B, Group 6: Adults 45- 64 with one or more underlying health conditions, migrant and seasonal farm workers, seafood and agricultural workers, food processing workers, people living in low income senior housing, senior congregate and independent living, individuals experiencing houselessness, people currently displaced by wildfires, Wildland firefighters, pregnant people 16 and older.

  • Phase 1B, Group 7: Frontline workers as defined by the CDC and their age eligible family members in the same household. Individuals living in a multigenerational household (people from three or more generations live, such as a home where an elder lives with a parent and grandchild; or an individual or individuals residing and caring for a relative who is not their own child. Adults 16-44 with one or more underlying health conditions with increased risk.

Where to get vaccinated in Jackson County

All COVID-19 Vaccine Providers listed below are following the state's eligibility criteria. Individuals currently eligible to receive the vaccine (Phase 1A and Phase 1B Group 1-7), can schedule an appointment to be vaccinated at one of the following COVID-19 Vaccine Providers.  Be sure to cancel appointments with providers if you are able to access the vaccine sooner at another location. Preparing for your COVID-19 Vaccine Appointment. 

What to expect after getting vaccinated

You may have some side effects after getting vaccinated.  Mild to moderate reactions to vaccines are not uncommon and area  sign your immune system is responding as it should. COVID-19 Vaccine Side Effects. Sign-up for V-Safe (V-Safe Spanish) after you have received your vaccination. V-Safe is a smartphone-based tool that uses text messaging  and web survey to provided personalized health check-ins after someone receives a COVID-19 vaccination. 

Common side effects after vaccination include: 

  • Pain or swelling where you got the shot
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Fatigue
  • Headache

In most cases, the side effects should go away within a few days.  If you think you are having a severe reaction, seek immediate care by calling 911. 

Facts about the COVID-19 vaccine

  • COVID-19 vaccination is an important tool to help stop the pandemic. 

  • COVID-19 vaccines will protect you from getting sick or severely ill with COVID-19 and may also help protect people around you.

  • COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective. The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) requires rigorous safety testing before it will approve any vaccine. The COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson were tested in tens of thousands of study participants and generated enough data to convince the FDA that the vaccines were safe and effective. Vaccine Testing and the Approval Process.

  • Vaccination gives us hope that the pandemic will end, but in the meantime, we need to continue safety measures to keep the virus from spreading: Wear a mask, physically distance from others, wash your hands, avoid gatherings, and stay home when you’re sick.

  • Immunity is not immediate. Full immunity from the vaccination will not take place until 14 days after the final dose of whichevr vaccine your've received.

  • You will stll need to abide by current safety measures. You will still need to continue to wear a mask, wash your hand frequently and physically distance even after you are fully vaccinated. Things can't go back to normal until enough people are vaccinated. If we all work together, we'll get to that point faster and save lives in the process.

COVID-19 vaccines and new variants of the virus

New variants of the virus that causes COVID-19 illness have emerged. Current data suggest that COVID-19 vaccines used in the United States should work against these variants. For this reason, COVID-19 vaccines are an essential tool to protect people against COVID-19, including against new variants. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends getting vaccinated as soon as vaccine is available to you.

Evidence is limited on how the new COVID-19 variants will affect how COVID-19 vaccines work in real-world conditions. CDC has systems in place to monitor how common these variants are and to look for the emergence of new variants. CDC will continue to monitor variants to see if they have any impact on how COVID-19 vaccines work in real-world conditions.

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