Updated 1/25/21 – The FAQs have been updated including a question about the new COVID-19 variant.
Both Oregon and Washington have expanded vaccines to include additional groups. See the information below for your state.
Remember, processes are just starting for the larger population. Phone lines are busy, and websites are slow in showing available appointment times or locations. Please be patient.
Even if you get a vaccine you need to wear a mask and continue with other safety precautions.
For the most current information:
- The week of January 25, Oregon Phase 1b begins and eligibility expands to include childcare providers, early learning and K-12 educators and all related staff. Vaccines will continue for group 1a-- healthcare workers and long-term care residents.
- Oregon Convention Center Vaccination Site
- Watch a recording of a press conference from Jan. 20 that explains the collaboration between four healthcare systems with Oregon Health Authority (OHA).
- This mass vaccination site is by appointment only. For information about vaccine eligibility and to make an appointment, please go to covidvaccine.oregon.gov and to the Vaccine Eligibility and FAQ tool section.
- A drive through mass COVID-19 vaccination site is open at the Portland International Airport. This site isavailable by appointment only. This site is administering vaccines to those in Phase 1a.
- 211 Info has three new ways to get COVID-19 information in Oregon
- Text ORCOVID to 898211 to get text/SMS updates (English and Spanish only)
- Email ORCOVID@211info.org
- Use the Call Center at 211 or 1-866-698-6155, open 6 a.m.-7 p.m. daily. TTY: Dial 711 and call 1-866-698-6155
- Vaccines continue to be limited at this time. Time-lines for vaccines are dependent on the doses received from the federal government.
- Washington has moved into Phase 1b Tier 1 for the COVID vaccine.
- All people 65+
- All people 50+ in multigenerational households
- Washington’s COVID-19 Vaccine Phases
- To get a vaccine if you are in Washington:
- First, confirm you are eligible using Find-a-Phase at the Washington State Department of Health
- Once confirmed, next step is making an appointment. You must have an appointment to get a vaccine.
- Details are available on the Washington Department of Health mass vaccination page.
- Regional mass vaccination sites are planned throughout the state including Ridgefield in Clark County.
- The Washington State Dept of Health has operational responsibility for the mass vaccination clinic at the Fairgrounds.
- Hours: Tue-Fri, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
- A new COVID-19 Assistance Hotline is now available. It is a general information line. If you need information or have a general question, call 1-800-525-0127, then press # or text 211-211 for help. You can also text the word “Coronavirus” to 211-211 to receive information and updates on your phone wherever you are. You will receive links to the latest information on COVID-19, including county-level updates, and resources for families, businesses, students, and more. Visit here for more information.
- Mass vaccination site at the Oregon State Fairgrounds is ongoing, based on vaccine availability. They are accepting people who are in Phase 1A.
- The Oregon State Fairgrounds site is opening up as early as this week to vaccinate some educators.
¿Preocupado acerca de los efectos secundarios de la vacuna? Mire este video de un empleado del sector salud describiendo su efecto secundario de la primera dosis de la vacuna del COVID-19.
Instead, federal and state-level public health agencies and officials have played the central role in determining how, when and why vaccines are to be administered equitably.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), for example, took the initial step of granting emergency authorization to use the vaccines after rigorous testing for safety. Two state-wide agencies—Oregon Health Authority and Washington Department of Health—then decided the details of each state’s vaccine rollout plans, including distribution phases, sub-phases, and the categories for the individuals comprising them.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is the federal agency that gave each state the guiding vision for how those phases should be defined and what they should look like. Before guidelines were given to each state, different committees within the CDC—composed of experts from across the country—made recommendations about how vaccines should be used, who should receive them and when. They even discussed the medical ethics involved with making these decisions that will touch all our lives.
These recommendations were then reviewed by CDC and the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) before being finalized and released to each state as official guidelines. From there, each state determined their own specific plan. That’s why vaccine rollouts differ from state to state.
Click here to visit the CDC’s COVID-19 vaccine page.
Are the COVID-19 vaccines safe?
Simply put: Yes. Many doctors and immunologists have confirmed FDA approval of the vaccines and that they are indeed safe. The FDA requires that vaccines be tested across three different phases before approval for widespread use.
Both vaccines require two doses, or two shots. The Pfizer vaccine is reported to be 95% effective, after the second dose, in preventing COVID-19 among Phase 3 clinical trial participants, while the Moderna vaccine is reported to be 94% effective.
The technology for these two vaccines, mRNA or RNA, is relatively new but has been researched for more than 10 years. Clinical trials for other vaccines using this technology have been successful but this is the first large-scale use of this type of vaccine. These vaccines were tested in large clinical trials, on tens of thousands of people, to make sure they met safety standards. Many people were recruited to participate in these trials to see how the vaccines offer protection to people of difference ages, races, and ethnicities, as well as those with different medical conditions. This data was reviewed and approved by the FDA, CDC and Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup before it was cleared to be given to patients. Certainly, there are knowledge gaps but, from what we know, these vaccines are safe and effective.
Remember to follow safety guidelines
As vaccine doses are distributed across the country in a phased approach, it’s important to continue to follow safety guidelines.
- Stay home when you are sick
- Limit group gatherings
- Distance yourself from others
- Wash hands frequently
- Wear your mask
- Restrict non-essential travel
These positive steps will save lives. For more information on COVID-19 tests:Visit Our COVID-19 testing page
Continue to be aware of the symptoms of the coronavirus, that are not caused by another condition:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- Recent loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Nausea or vomiting