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January 21, 2021
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COVID-19 Vaccine

COVID-19 Vaccine

Latest Updates

The COVID-19 vaccine is available to those in Phase 1A, outlined by the Oregon Health Authority.The vaccine is not being offered to the general public at this time.

  • Jackson County Public Health, Asante, Providence, Valley Immediate Care, La Clinica, Rouge Community Health, and Mercy Flights meets weekly on the planning and implementation of the COVID-19 vaccine distribution. More partners are being added.
  • If Oregon receives a reliable supply of vaccine from the federal government, Oregon will begin vaccinating educators and school staff the week of January 25th. Jackson County Public Health will provide updates on the availability of the vaccine for this group.
  • If Oregon receives a reliable supply of vaccine from the federal government, Oregon will begin vaccinating individuals 65 and older, starting with those 80 years and older on February 8th. Jackson County Public Health will provide updates on the availability of the vaccine for this group.
  • There will be a drive-through vaccination event for people in Phase 1A, and people in Phase 1B, Group 1 (childcare providers, early learning, and K-12 educators and staff) at the Jackson County Expo on January 21, 22, 23. Visit to pre-register for this event. At this time, this event is not open to people 65 and older or the general population. 

Currently vaccinating Phase 1A, Groups 1-4 (updated 1/17/21)

Jackson County is following the Oregon Health Authority vaccine priority guidance and is currently vaccinating individuals in Phase 1A, Groups 1-4. Phase 1A includes:

  • 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, HCP, all staff and contractors; hospice programs; behavioral health mobile crisis care, secure transport; individuals working in correctional 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: All other outpatient, public health, early learning sites and death care workers. Includes outpatient medical clinics, dental clinics, vision clinics, physical therapy, pharmacists, school health care workers. 

Where to Get Vaccinated in Jackson County

Phase 1A vaccinations will be provided through partnerships across Jackson County Public Health and the health systems. Long-term care facilities will receive vaccinations through a combination of state and federal contracts with pharmacies. OHA-approved clinical partners will also be able to vaccinate their staff and patients, in accordance with the OHA phased approach guidance.

If you are in Phase 1A, you can schedule an appointment to be vaccinated at one of the following COVID-19 Vaccine Providers:

Other vaccine providers such as La Clinica, Rogue Community Health, Mercy Flights and Providence are working directly with Phase 1A organizations to provide vaccination services. These COVID-19 vaccine providers are developing and expanding their process and capacity to vaccinate other groups in Phase 1A. More information will be available soon.

Jackson County Public Health, as well as our health care community, will provide ongoing communications to let the community know when new groups are eligible to receive the vaccine. Providers will conduct outreach to patients, and information on how to access vaccines will be updated on this page. Most Jackson County residents will receive the vaccine from their doctor, a pharmacy, or future community clinics.

Vaccine Phases

Facts about the COVID-19 Vaccine

  • Vaccination is the best way to keep yourself, your family, and your community healthy.

  • COVID-19 vaccines are more than 94% effective and have undergone rigorous safety testing.

  • People who are most affected by the COVID-19 virus will have first access to the vaccination. In Oregon, that will be frontline health care workers who are exposed to the virus in their work.

  • 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.

Clinical studies showed both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines to be more than 94% effective when both doses are received.  Neither vaccine showed serious safety issues and protected people from getting COVID-19 and from getting seriously ill if they did get the virus. 

These vaccines were tested in large clinical trials and research studies with tens of thousands of people to make sure they met the safety standards. In fact, both vaccines were tested in many more people than a typical vaccine trail. Many people were recruited to participate in these trials to see how the vaccine offers protection to people of different ages, races, and ethnicities, as well as those with different medical conditions.  Every study, every phase and every trial was reviewed by the FDA and a safety board.  COVID-19 safety and effectiveness

Most people do not have serious problems after being vaccinated.  Common side effects include your arm may become sore, red, or warm to the touch.  These symptoms usually go away on their own within a week.  Some people report getting a headache or fever when getting the vaccine.  These side effects are a sign that your immune system is doing exactly what it is suppose to do.  It is working and building up protection to the disease. 

Everyone who receives the vaccine will stay at the clinic for 15 minutes after they receive the vaccine, in case they need help for any reaction.

We are learning more about the vaccine every day

Experts do not know yet how long the immunity lasts once a person receives the COVID-19 vaccine. They also do not know whether a person who has received the vaccine can still spread the virus to other people. 

More information about the vaccines is being collected and reproted every day.  We will continue to share updated information with you as soon as we learn more. 

It will take time to distribute the vaccines.

It will be months before a COVID-19 vaccine is available to everyone. It will take time to make enough vaccines and distribute them in our communities.

COVID-19 vaccines will be given in phases determined by the Oregon Health Authority. Jackson County Public Health is following the Oregon Health Authority's Vaccine Distribution Sequencing Plan for COVID-19. Currently, Oregon and Jackson County is in Phase 1A. 

As the COVID-19 vaccines becomes available, Oregon Health Authority (OHA) will ensure the distribution process is based on community involvement that will provide an equitable system challenging the roles of power, privilege and racism — informed by a newly assembled Vaccine Advisory Committee (VAC).

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