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COVID-19 Vaccine

COVID-19 Vaccine

Latest Updates

  • The COVID-19 vaccine is available to those in Phase 1A.  In keeping with Oregon Health Authority recommendations, it is not being offered to the general public at this time. Read about priority groups in Oregon’s Phase 1A COVID-19 Vaccine Plan.
  • Two vaccines have been approved for use in the U.S. for people ages 16 years and older. 

  • Researchers are still working on a vaccine for kids and younger teens.

  • The first shipments of the COVID-19 vaccine arrived in Oregon on Dec. 14. 

  • Hospitals in Oregon started giving vaccines to some frontline healthcare workers on Dec. 16.

  • Jackson County Public Health, Asante, Providence, Valley Immediate Care, La Clinica, Rogue Community Health and Mercy Flights meets weekly on the planning and implementation of the vaccine in Jackson County. 

  • Jackson County Public Health received it's first shipment of the vaccine on Dec. 30.

  • The Governor announced that Oregon would be expanding the COVID-19 vaccine to include educators and individuals over 65 and older. This will begin on Jan. 23, pending increased vaccine deliveries from the federal.  Please check back for more information on where people in these groups can access the vaccine. 

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Where to Get Vaccinated in Jackson County

Currently, the vaccine is availble for people who are in Phase 1A. Please check to see what Phase you are in prior to scheduling an appointment. 

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 and Mercy Flights 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 avilable soon.

Valley Immediate Care is in the process of becoming an approved COVID-19 vaccine provider by the OHA.  More information available soon. 

Jackson County Public Health will continue to update information on where the vaccine can be accessed as more COVID-19 vaccine providers are approaved in Jackson County and as current vaccine providers expand their capacity.

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).

Read about priority groups in Phase 1A COVID-19 Vaccine Plan.