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January 27, 2021
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COVID-19 Vaccine

COVID-19 Vaccine

Latest Updates

The COVID-19 vaccine is available to those in Phase 1A and Phase 1B Group 1, outlined by the Oregon Health Authority. The vaccine is not being offered to people 65 and older that are not in Phase 1A or 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 individuals 65 and older, starting with those 80 years and older on February, 7, 2021. Jackson County Public Health will provide updates on the availability of the vaccine for this group. 
  • Current COVID-19 vaccine providers are not scheduling appointments for Phase 1B Groups 2-5, which includes people 65 and older that are not in Phase 1A.
  • Oregon's vaccine supply is limited.  It is estimated to take 12-15 weeks to vaccinate groups 1-5 of Phase 1B.
  • If you were vaccinated at the Jackson County Expo on January 21, 22, 23 you will need to schedule your second dose with Asante or Providence. You can do that by going to the Asante website, scroll down the page to Step 5.

Currently vaccinating Phase 1A, Groups 1-4 and Phase 1B, Group 1 (updated 1/25/21)

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

  • Phase 1B, Group 1
    • Early Childhood Educators and Staff, Child Care Providers and Staff
      • ​All individuals in Emergency Child Care facilities, including young adults (ages 16 to 18 years old)
      • License-exempt caregivers providing the Oregon Department of Human Services subsidized child care in their own home or in the child's home
      • Licensed and recorded non-emergency child care facilities (home-based or center-based)
      • Office of Child Care (OCC) investigators
      • Individuals in the substitute provider pool
    • Public and Private K-12 Educators and Staff (Public and private K-12 school system staff include district paid and contracted)
      • Teachers
      • Substitue teachers
      • Paraprofessionals
      • Bus drivers
      • Custodians - maintenance - facilities
      • Nurtrition staff
      • School office staff
      • School administrators
      • Counselors and mental health support staff
      • Health staff
      • Library staff
      • Other educators and school staff in the school
      • Student and practicum teachers and their supervisors
      • Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education staff
      • Coaches and officials
      • Extracurricular and program staff (including community partners who provide services to students and families on school campuses, as well as programs like outdoor school)
      • District and education service district staff who spend time on school campuses (teacher coaches, TOSAs, IT, etc)

Where to Get Vaccinated in Jackson County

Phase 1A and Phase 1B, Group 1 vaccinations will be provided through partnerships across Jackson County Public Health and the healthcare 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. While educators and child care providers are now eligible, there are currently not enough vaccines to immediately vaccinate all educators and child care providers. Until the federal vaccine supply increases, it will take several weeks to vaccinate this population. You should receive direction from school officials, employers, or state and local officials about opportunities for vaccination.

If you are in Phase 1A or Phase 1B, Group 1, 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, Providence, and Valley Immediate Care are working directly with organizations in Phase 1A or school districts and other organizations in Phase 1B Group 1 to provide vaccination services. 

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 were 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.

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 and Phase 1B Group 1. Oregon's vaccine supply is limited. It is estimated to take 12-15 weeks to vaccinate groups 1-5 of Phase 1B.

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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