Everything you need to know about COVID-19 vaccinations in Oregon

Both the Pfizer and Moderna coronavirus vaccines are actively being distributed in Oregon, but administration has been admittedly slow so far. Here's what you need to know about the vaccines and the state's progress.

Posted: Jan 12, 2021 3:24 PM
Updated: Jan 18, 2021 3:44 PM

SALEM, Ore. — Both the Pfizer and Moderna coronavirus vaccines are actively being distributed in Oregon, but administration has been admittedly slow so far — and clear information about the process can be hard to find. Here's what you need to know about the vaccines and the state's progress.

Oregon's vaccine sequence plan

County public health information

As COVID-19 vaccines become more widely available, local information on how to go about getting the vaccine may be made available by County public health agencies. Check on these sites to see if they have provided information on how you can get vaccinated, if you believe you are eligible under the current phase.

Vaccinations were initially divided into different priority tiers, beginning with health care staff, long-term care facility staff and residents, and first responders. At the outset, vaccinations are being administered by a limited roster of providers, like hospital networks and local public health agencies.


CLICK HERE for FAQs about the COVID-19 vaccine and responses to common concerns


In Jackson County, for example, vaccines are being administered to the Phase 1a group by Asante, Providence, Jackson County Public Health, La Clinica, Rogue Community Health, Mercy Flights, and Valley Immediate Care. For the time being, those vaccine providers are working directly within their organizations and with other, related groups to vaccinate eligible people.

As of early January, the Oregon Health Authority did not have a central location for inquiries from people who are in Phase 1a with questions about when they will be vaccinated. If you aren't sure whether you fall into Phase 1a, check out Oregon's full vaccine sequencing plan, here.

OHA does not require proof that someone falls into Phase 1a and does not plan to request verification from vaccinating providers. If you think you fall under Phase 1a but have been turned away from getting a vaccine, contact your local public health department.


CLICK HERE for daily data on the number of COVID-19 doses administered, and where they are being administered


Expanding the vaccination effort in Oregon

At the beginning of January, Governor Kate Brown set a goal of administering 12,000 vaccine doses in Oregon per day by mid-January, as the state has lagged behind roughly two-thirds of other U.S. states in vaccinations. By the third week of January, daily vaccinations were regularly hitting or exceeding that goal.

Both state and local public health officials have been working toward organizing larger vaccination events to more easily administer doses to larger numbers of eligible people during the current phase. The Oregon National Guard is currently helping with vaccination effort at the state fairgrounds in Salem, and similar events are set to unfold around the state as time goes on.

Governor Brown announced on January 15 that the state has adjusted its timeline for vaccinating groups beyond Phase 1a. Vaccinations will be opened to grade-school educators and school staff beginning January 25. Instead of opening vaccinations up to all seniors 65 and older this month, the process will be opened up to seniors 80 and older beginning on February 8, following by progressively younger groups.

These decisions on educators and seniors mark something of a departure from the state's tiered model, so it is likely that this model will change as time goes on.

Because it is not currently known how quickly those shipments will arrive and be distributed, local providers may not be able to vaccinate those new groups immediately when those dates come.

Public health officials continue to caution that it will be months before the COVID-19 is widely available to the general public.

Information about the COVID-19 vaccine from public health officials

Clinical studies showed both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines to be more than 94 percent effective when both doses are received. Neither vaccine showed serious common safety issues, and tended to protect 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 trial. 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.

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.

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 reported every day.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 133851

Reported Deaths: 1803
CountyCasesDeaths
Multnomah28467459
Washington18734171
Marion16247239
Clackamas11698138
Lane8353109
Jackson693085
Umatilla679368
Deschutes499936
Yamhill319045
Malheur313552
Linn311646
Polk245540
Klamath242838
Josephine174333
Benton170514
Jefferson170525
Douglas168743
Union111416
Wasco108123
Columbia104918
Lincoln99617
Hood River95421
Coos93815
Morrow93810
Clatsop6865
Crook62110
Baker5685
Tillamook3652
Curry3245
Lake2305
Grant2131
Harney1754
Wallowa963
Gilliam511
Sherman470
Wheeler201
Unassigned00

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 3055568

Reported Deaths: 34441
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles103280614122
San Bernardino2561091560
Riverside2504362645
San Diego2168352109
Orange2148082477
Santa Clara943661109
Kern86718565
Fresno82485968
Sacramento806781111
Alameda67952765
Ventura62101436
San Joaquin58290786
Contra Costa52965450
Stanislaus42882758
Tulare41867506
Monterey36126255
San Mateo32596309
San Francisco29321262
Solano25806106
Imperial25317465
Santa Barbara25083236
Merced24452308
Sonoma24068240
Kings19435145
Placer17380180
San Luis Obispo15929136
Madera13443151
Santa Cruz12298113
Marin11693157
Yolo10620131
Shasta9776122
Butte9474123
El Dorado782644
Sutter775478
Napa760140
Lassen519516
San Benito496343
Yuba495127
Tehama397142
Tuolumne338240
Nevada320673
Mendocino311432
Amador301631
Lake261230
Humboldt239324
Glenn193519
Colusa17339
Calaveras161723
Siskiyou144613
Mono11214
Inyo97429
Del Norte8662
Plumas5895
Modoc3853
Mariposa3464
Trinity3024
Sierra820
Alpine730
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