Updated January 15, 2021A gloved hand holding a coronavirus vaccine vial

Local Vaccine Information

Information for providers and others in Phase 1A groups 1-4 about vaccination through area hospital systems»

Shipments of COVID-19 vaccines arrived in Oregon on Dec. 14, and are being given first to healthcare personnel and those living and working in high risk settings, such as long term care facilities, first. To track vaccinations by county and statewide, see the state’s vaccination dashboard.

It is likely to be many months before most people can be vaccinated. Until then, we need to continue preventative measures including wearing masks and staying home as much as possible.

Two vaccines have received Emergency Use Approval (EUA) by the FDA for use here in the U.S. -- Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna. More than a hundred more are still in the pre-clinical or clinical trial phase all over the world.

Continue to wash your hands, wear your mask, keep 6 feet from others, limit gatherings, and follow local guidelines to slow the spread of COVID-19.  

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Call 503.988.8939 or email covidvaccineinfo@multco.us with questions. Call volume is very high and the situation is changing rapidly, so response may be delayed. If you cannot get through, please leave a message.

Facts about the COVID-19 Vaccine

COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective

Clinical studies showed both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines to be more than 94 percent effective and neither vaccine showed serious safety issues. The vaccines 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 -- research studies with tens of thousands of people -- to make sure they meet safety standards. In fact, both vaccines were tested in many more people than a typical vaccine trial. COVID-19 safety and effectiveness

Most people do not have serious problems after being vaccinated. 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. 

Some people report mild side effects such as soreness or redness at the injection site, a headache or fever. These side effects are a sign that the immune system is doing what it is supposed to do: building protection against the disease. These symptoms usually go away on their own within a week.

There is a new variant of the virus that may spread more quickly person to person. It was first identified in the UK and has spread to the US. It is expected that a virus will change through mutation. The vaccines being administered now should still protect against this variant.

We are learning more about the vaccine every day

Experts don’t know yet how long immunity lasts once a person receives the COVID-19 vaccine. They also don’t 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 reported every day. We will share updated information with you as we learn more. 

It will take time to distribute 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.

Until they are widely available and enough people have been vaccinated, continue to take everyday measures to protect yourself and others.

Priority groups will get the vaccine first

COVID-19 vaccines will be given in phases determined by the Oregon Health Authority. Frontline healthcare workers and residents and employees of long-term care facilities will receive vaccines first.

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