A lot of us have questions about how the vaccines work and what side effects some people experience.
The COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective, and once enough people in Oregon are vaccinated we can get back to the people, places, and things we love. Choosing to get vaccinated is the best way to protect yourself and your family.
Dr. Brent Wesenberg, Newport
“I got vaccinated to protect my family, my patients, and myself and to contribute to community immunity. The vaccine is safe and effective. If you have questions, I encourage you to do your research.”
Rosemarie, Registered Nurse, Umatilla
“Receiving both vaccines has given me a huge sense of relief. The vaccine is giving me more hope that the end is actually in sight.”
Ginger, Baker City
“I watched the nurse administer the shot to my husband — we have been married for 31 years. I nearly broke down and cried.”
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. Medical experts agree that getting vaccinated is the best way to protect yourself from COVID-19. The vaccines have been authorized by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) and more than 150 million Americans have already been vaccinated.
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.
The vaccine is medicine that teaches your body to fight COVID-19 and protects you from getting sick. You will get the vaccine by getting a shot in your arm from a nurse or doctor. For some kinds of the vaccine, you will need to get two shots. You get the second shot 3 or 4 weeks after you get the first one. It is important for you to get both shots for the vaccine to work.
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.
All people in Oregon 12 and older are eligible to get a vaccine. You can find information online about where to get the vaccine here.
You have a few options for scheduling an appointment. You can sign up with Get Vaccinated Oregon. This tool will contact you to help you find a vaccine provider or vaccination event near you. As more doses become available, there will be more vaccine appointments available — so be patient and keep trying if you can’t get one right away. You can also find vaccines through pharmacies and other sites in Oregon.
COVID-19 vaccines are free for everyone who chooses to get one. You do not need health insurance.
No. You can’t get COVID-19 from a vaccine. The vaccines are medicine that helps your body learn how to fight the virus that causes COVID-19.
People who are pregnant may choose to get vaccinated. There is no evidence that COVID-19 vaccines will cause problems with pregnancy or your ability to become pregnant. But doctors and scientists are still learning about the COVID-19 vaccine and pregnancy. Pregnant people may want to talk with their doctor before making that decision. Getting vaccinated is a personal choice.
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Note: The Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines have been authorized for emergency use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), under an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) to prevent Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) for use in individuals 12 and older for Pfizer, and 18 years of age and older for Moderna and Johnson & Johnson. So far, they have not been approved or licensed by the FDA. 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.