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Why get vaccinated?

Vaccination is the best way to keep yourself, your family, and your community healthy. While COVID19 vaccines have been found to be 94% effective at preventing you from getting sick with COVID19, it still may be possible to get, carry and transmit the virus.

In the meantime, it is important that even those who have been vaccinated continue to:

  • Wear a mask
  • Physically distance from others
  • Wash your hands
  • Avoid gatherings
  • Stay home when you’re sick

Where/how to get a vaccine?

Beginning January 26, 2021, COVID19 vaccines are being made available to K-12 educators in Oregon. Please visit the link to view local vaccination clinic dates and to schedule an appointment.


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. Following the initial doses and assuming sufficient supply, rollout will is expected to follow this schedule: Rollout Schedule.

We don’t yet know when we’ll be able to stop wearing masks and maintaining physical distance. It will take time for us to get everyone vaccinated.

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).

Facts about the COVID-19 Vaccine

  • COVID-19 vaccines are more than 94% effective and have undergone rigorous safety testing.
  • 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.
  • 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 were 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.

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