COVID-19 vaccine resources

 COVID-19 vaccines are essential for making our communities safer, getting people back to work and keeping our schools open. Even more important is making sure all members of our communities have equal access to these vaccines. That’s why Columbia Pacific CCO is working with federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) and community-based organizations to increase access to the most vulnerable among us. “We’re all in this together” must truly apply to “all.”

We know it can be a challenge to find good information about the vaccine, which is why we’re offering this place for helpful, reliable information. As we learn more, we will continue to update this page.

Updates about the Johnson & Johnson vaccine

On this page, you’ll find answers to these questions. Click on a question to jump to that section:

 

What are the best places to find up-to-date information about the COVID-19 vaccine?

 

People can contact their county health department for the latest information on the vaccine:

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offer up-to-date information on the COVID-19 vaccines. You can find their public COVID-19 vaccine pages here:

You can also call 211 or TTY 711 for the latest information, or text “ORVAX” to 898211 for live text help in English or Spanish.

 

Who is eligible for the vaccine?

Everyone age 16 and over is eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

 

How do community members schedule a vaccination?

There are multiple ways to make an appointment to receive a COVID-19 vaccine:

If people have questions about the vaccine related to unique health conditions, they should contact their provider.

Many people are trying to find information right now, so wait times or website load times may be longer than normal.

 

What should people do before and after they get the vaccine?

  • Have food and water beforehand.
  • Wear clothes that allow them to remove or pull down their sleeve, in order to get the vaccine in their upper arm.
  • Wear a face covering.
  • Bring their Member ID card with them. Medicare members should bring their red, white and blue Medicare card.
  • After receiving the vaccine, people will need to wait for 30 minutes for monitoring.
  • The whole appointment should take between 30 to 60 minutes.
  • The Moderna and Pfizer vaccines are given in two doses. The first shot helps the immune system recognize the virus, and the second strengthens the immune response.
  • For those vaccines, people should ask about their second shot when they get the first shot.
  • The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is given in a single dose.
  • People will likely not have their choice of vaccine. Decisions about which vaccines are given to whom are based on availability.
  • It takes time for the body to build immunity after a shot. People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccine, or two weeks after their single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

 

Is the vaccine safe and effective?

The FDA has approved multiple vaccines for emergency use. These vaccines are safe and effective.

  • All emergency-approved COVID-19 vaccines had large-scale clinical trials. Tens of thousands of people received the vaccines during these trials — far more participants than were tested in most trials.
  • Trial participants came from a range of diverse backgrounds.
  • The FDA approved the vaccines for emergency use, after a careful review of the trial data.
  • There were no serious safety issues found during any of the vaccine trials.
  • The vaccines currently available are Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson.
  • Regarding the Johnson & Johnson vaccine: According to the CDC, “CDC and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommend use of Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen (J&J/Janssen) COVID-19 Vaccine resume in the United States, after a temporary pause… A review of all available data this time shows that the J&J/Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine’s known and potential benefits outweigh its known and potential risks. However, women younger than 50 years old especially should be aware of the rare but increased risk of [thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome…which involves blood clots with low platelets] and that there are other COVID-19 vaccine options available for which the risk has not been seen.” According to the OHA, “All three approved COVID-19 vaccines are safe and highly effective. With three vaccines now available, Oregonians should get vaccinated as soon as possible.”

 

Where can I find other resources or information about the vaccines?

Unless otherwise stated, all of the following materials are in PDF format so they can be easily downloaded and/or printed.

 

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