Have questions
about COVID vaccines?

That’s normal. Deciding whether to get vaccinated is important and deeply personal. As you do your research, you can empower yourself with information from trusted sources.

With new, more contagious variants spreading, vaccination remains the most effective way to avoid serious illness, hospitalization, and death from COVID-19. 

To learn more about COVID vaccines and find a vaccine near you, 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."

Rosemarie, Umatilla

“The thing I'm looking most forward to is being able to see my family, being able to see my friends again and not feel any guilt. And not feel like, you know, I work directly with people with COVID-19 and I shouldn't be around anyone. I want to feel like I feel integrated again. I can't wait for everyone to feel safe and integrated with each other.”

Scott, Warm Springs

“With the vaccine, I’m really excited to go see my family, my friends. I want to go to Hawaii! Go see my friends. I just want do everything. It makes me feel like “oh I’m missing out,” and I feel like everyone else feels the same way. So I encourage everyone to get the vaccination … maybe we can enjoy giving each other a hug again giving each other a high-five, normal things, you know the things we take for granted.”

Over 218 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 the COVID-19 Vaccines

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

    The CDC recommends a booster for COVID-19 vaccines for everyone ages 12 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 5 years and older are eligible to get a vaccine. You can find information online about where to get the vaccine here.

  • Have the vaccines been approved by the FDA?

    The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine has been given full approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in individuals 16 years of age and older. The Pfizer vaccine continues to be available for individuals 5 through 15 years of age under the FDA’s Emergency Use Authorization. The Moderna vaccine has also been fully approved by the FDA for use in individuals 18 years of age or older. The Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine continues to be available for use in individuals 18 years of age and older under the FDA’s Emergency Use Authorization.

  • 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 5 years and older, including people who are pregnant, breastfeeding, trying to get pregnant now, or might become pregnant in the future. 

  • Can my child get a COVID vaccine?

    The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is available for children ages 5 through 15 under the FDA’s Emergency Use Authorization. The Pfizer vaccine is also fully approved by the FDA for individuals 16 years of age and older.

    Children can get very sick from COVID-19. Thankfully, the vaccines offer effective protection against getting very sick or having to go to the hospital due to COVID-19, or possibly spreading it to others.

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Note: The Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines have been given full approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in people 16 years of age and older for the Pfizer vaccine and for use in people 18 years of age and older for the Moderna vaccine.

The Pfizer vaccine continues to be available for people 5 through 15 years of age under the FDA’s Emergency Use Authorization. The Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine is available for use in people 18 years of age and older under the FDA’s Emergency Use Authorization. The emergency use of these products is only authorized for the duration of the COVID-19 emergency declaration that circumstances exist justifying the authorization of emergency use of the medical product under Section 564(b)(1) of the Food Drug & Cosmetic Act unless the declaration is terminated or authorization revoked sooner.