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Vaccination remains the most effective way to avoid serious illness, hospitalization, and death from COVID-19. Updated COVID boosters are available for all who are eligible to help protect you from severe illness from today’s variants.

If you have recently tested positive for COVID-19, a variety of treatment options are available that can help lessen symptoms, prevent severe illness, reduce the risk of hospitalization, and shorten your recovery time.

To learn more about COVID vaccines, updated boosters, and treatments continue reading below.

Vaccine voices from around Oregon

Tammy, Roseburg

So, it was kind of just a matter of that in the final analysis. I'm gonna step up, and I'm going to take this vaccine, I'm gonna walk into it, and the known risk, even though it is a small, a very small risk. And I was able to make the choice to walk into that rather than wander around waiting for COVID to walk into me.

Barb, Roseburg

With this COVID, especially with this last strain that's going through right now, I got vaccinated as soon as I could. But I'm encouraging everyone I can to get vaccinated because it's really the only thing we have — I mean we do distancing, we wear masks, wash our hands, we do all of that stuff — but the vaccine is the one thing that will help our bodies to fight it off if we are exposed to it.

Tina, Trail

The church knew I was scared, they're all "Tina! Tina!" I was so scared. And I didn't feel it! And then, that's it! And then I went and had my second one done, and I don't feel any different.

Over 262 million Americans have already been vaccinated against COVID-19.

Vaccines remain the most effective way to prevent serious illness, hospitalization, and death from COVID-19.

COVID-19 vaccines are free to every person in Oregon, including those without health insurance.

Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 Vaccines

  • Who is eligible for a COVID vaccine?

    All people 6 months of age and older are eligible for a COVID vaccine.

  • Do kids need a COVID vaccine?

    Children can get very sick from COVID-19, and the vaccine is the best way to protect them from serious illness or hospitalization. The vaccines offer effective protection against all variants of the virus in the U.S. and help keep children healthy and safe. It is recommended that all children 6 months of age and older receive a COVID vaccine. If you have questions about COVID vaccines for your child, talk to their health care provider or visit the Oregon Health Authority’s parents and guardians vaccine resources page.

  • Are the COVID-19 vaccines safe?

    Yes, the COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective. The vaccines were tested with tens of thousands of people all over the world to make sure they protect against COVID-19. They have undergone and will continue to undergo the most intensive safety monitoring in U.S. history. Since the vaccines were authorized by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA), more than 218 million Americans have been safely vaccinated.

  • How do the COVID-19 vaccines work?

    COVID-19 vaccines help our bodies learn how to fight the virus that causes COVID-19 without us having to get the illness. Different types of vaccines work in different ways to offer protection. You will get the vaccine by getting a shot in your arm from a nurse or doctor. For most people, a booster shot is also recommended. See more information on booster shots from the Oregon Health Authority.

  • Are the vaccines effective against the COVID variants, including the Omicron and Delta variants?

    Yes, evidence demonstrates that the vaccines offer protection against the COVID-19 variants, including the Omicron and Delta variants. Some variants are more contagious and spread more easily from person-to-person than the original virus that causes COVID-19. Choosing to get a COVID-19 vaccine will teach your body how to fight the COVID-19 virus and protect you from getting very sick.

  • Are there COVID-19 vaccine side effects?

    After you get vaccinated, you may have a sore spot on your arm where you got the shot. Some people will also feel tired or have a headache or fever for a few days. This doesn’t mean you are sick. These are normal signs that the vaccine is working to keep your body healthy. These side effects should go away in a few days.

  • What about long-term side effects?

    Millions of people have received COVID-19 vaccines, and no significant risk of long-term side effects have been detected. 

    It’s extremely unlikely that you will feel any long-term side effects from the COVID vaccine. In fact, by choosing to get vaccinated, you are protecting yourself against the potential long term side effects that some people experience after getting sick with COVID virus. This so-called “long COVID” has been reported to include symptoms including long-lasting fatigue, muscle weakness, and shortness of breath.

    The vaccines were tested with tens of thousands of people all over the world to make sure they protect against COVID-19. Before approving the Pfizer vaccine, the FDA required the vaccine tests to study how people felt 2 months and 6 months after their final vaccine dose, to be sure the vaccines are safe.

  • Do I need to get vaccinated if I have already had COVID-19?

    Yes. It’s important to get vaccinated even if you have already had COVID-19. Scientists don’t know how long your body’s natural protection lasts after you have COVID-19. Getting vaccinated is the best way to make sure your body can protect you from getting sick again.

  • When can I get a vaccine?

    All people in Oregon 6 months and older are eligible to get a vaccine. You can find information online about where to get the vaccine here.

  • How do I sign up for a vaccine?

    You have several options for scheduling an appointment. You can locate vaccines near you using Get Vaccinated Oregon or vaccines.gov. You can also find vaccines through grocery stores and pharmacies in your community. Many locations offer walk-in appointments.

  • Do I have to pay for the vaccine?

    COVID-19 vaccines are completely free for everyone who chooses to get one. You do not need health insurance.

  • Can I get sick with COVID-19 from the vaccine?

    No. You can’t get COVID-19 from the vaccine. The vaccine teaches your body to fight the virus that causes COVID-19 and protects you from getting sick.

  • I’m pregnant or may become pregnant. Can I get a COVID-19 vaccination?

    Yes, COVID-19 vaccination is recommended for all people 6 months and older, including people who are pregnant, breastfeeding, trying to get pregnant now, or might become pregnant in the future. 

Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 Boosters

  • Do I need a booster for my COVID-19 vaccine?

    The CDC recommends a booster for COVID-19 vaccines for everyone ages 5 years and older after completing their primary vaccination series. 

    Boosters work by strengthening your body’s ability to fight off the virus. You are best protected by staying up to date with your vaccinations.

    See more information on booster shots, including eligibility and where to get a booster shot, from the Oregon Health Authority.

  • Who is eligible for which booster?

    Updated boosters are now available for everyone age 5 and older. They help protect against the original COVID strain and today’s more contagious variants, and can help keep you from getting very sick or avoid a stay in the hospital.

    Everyone 5 years and older is eligible for the updated boosters. 

    • Pfizer: everyone 5 years and older
    • Moderna: everyone 6 years and older

    Adults 18 years of age and older may get either the Moderna or the Pfizer updated boosters. You will need to have completed your initial series of the vaccine or gotten a booster and it’s been at least two months.

    Children under 5 years old are not yet eligible for a booster, but CDC and FDA will provide guidance in the future if and when this age group becomes eligible for an updated booster.

Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 Treatments

  • What treatments are available?

    While staying up-to-date with COVID-19 vaccines and boosters gives us the most effective protection from COVID-19, medical research continues to identify a variety of treatments that can help reduce the chances of getting really sick, being hospitalized, or dying from COVID-19. Treatments have been approved and authorized for emergency use by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and must be prescribed by a health care provider. Talk with a health care provider to determine if you are eligible.

    Types of treatments available:

    • Injections or pills
    • To be taken after testing positive for COVID-19
    • Can help lessen symptoms and shorten recovery time

    If you are immunocompromised or had a certified medical allergic reaction to the COVID-19 vaccines, please talk with your health care provider to see what treatments are available for you.

    Visit Oregon Health Authority to learn more about specific medications that are available.

  • Where can I find treatments?

    Any health care provider can prescribe COVID treatments. They can be dispensed at your usual pharmacy or at one of the providers in the Treatments Finder.* Talk with your health care provider to see if you are eligible, and if you don’t have a health care provider, call 211. They can help you find a health care clinic or provider in your community.

    Locate your nearest COVID treatments
    Go to Treatments Finder*
    (or call 800-232-0233)

    *A health care provider at these locations can prescribe treatments, as well as your doctor.

  • What is telehealth?

    Telehealth, sometimes called telemedicine, is a way to talk to your doctor or counselor over video, phone, text, or email. Doctors and behavioral health providers can use interpretative services so you can access telehealth in the language you speak. All doctors who take the Oregon Health Plan must provide a free interpreter. Most doctors also provide a free American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter.

    Free telehealth visits available

    Free consultations are now available by phone or online to prescribe COVID-19 treatments, regardless of whether or not you have health insurance or access to a health care provider.

    • Available to everyone in Oregon, no insurance required.
    • Antiviral treatments are 100% free, covered by the federal government through December 31, 2022.
    • Available in all languages with interpreters present to assist

    You can start your free visit:

    • Online (go to com/covid-19-treatment-or to create an account and get started)
    • Or call (833) 273-6330 between 8am–8pm PST, 7 days a week.

    Once eligibility is determined for treatments, you’ll be placed on hold for the next clinician. (Wait times are between 5-30 minutes.)

    • If you’re prescribed antiviral treatment, you can have them delivered to you within 24-48 hours or made available for pickup at your local pharmacy.
    • For questions or additional support, you can reach out to [email protected] or call (844) 352-6567 between 9am–8pm EST, 7 days a week.

    For people who can’t use the service or who need additional assistance or accessibility accommodations, there is another option. You can find participating federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) on the Test to Treat site. Look for sites that say “HRSA supported health center” or read OHA’s monthly COVID-19 Therapeutics Newsletter, found on OHA’s COVID-19 Treatments page for a list.

  • When should I get treatments?

    If you don’t have COVID-19 but want to prevent infection, it’s best to get vaccinated and stay up-to-date on boosters. If you are immunocompromised or had a certified medical allergic reaction to a COVID-19 vaccine, take any preventive treatments before anticipated exposure.

    If you’ve tested positive for COVID-19, it’s best to get treatments as soon as possible following your positive test (within 5 days of your positive COVID-19 test). Getting treatments early in your infection will help lessen symptoms and shorten recovery times.

  • Do I need a prescription?

    Yes, you’ll need a prescription for these treatments. A health care provider can give you a prescription, including your health care provider or pharmacist at one of the designated treatment centers in the Treatments Finder.

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