Vaccine Information

Page last updated on 6/22/2021

Get vaccinated by June 27 and you could win big

Any Oregonian who has received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by June 27 will be eligible to win a prize in the "Take Your Shot, Oregon" campaign. There will be one grand prize of $1 million (18 and older), five $100,000 educational scholarships for those ages 12-17, and a $10,000 prize in each county.

Washington County lottery prizes

If you live in Washington County and get vaccinated by June 27, your chances of winning a lottery prize or college scholarship in the “Take Your Shot, Oregon” campaign are even better. Washington County community members who receive their first dose of Pfizer of Moderna or the one-dose J&J COVID-19 vaccination by June 27 are eligible for the following special prizes IN ADDITION TO prizes previously announced!

  • Ten $10,000 lottery prizes for those 18 and older 
  • Five $20,000 college scholarships for those ages 12-17

The drawing will take place on June 28, with winners announced the following week. If you were vaccinated by the Veterans Administration or if you were vaccinated out of state, you need to fill out a form to be entered into the lottery. Find the form and more information on the "Take Your Shot, Oregon" website. 

Who can get a vaccine?

Every Oregonian age 12 and up is eligible for a vaccine. For Washington County-sponsored clinics, 12 to 14-year-olds must be accompanied by either a parent, guardian or someone designated by the parent. If someone other than a parent or guardian accompanies the 12 to 14-year-old, they will need to provide proof of parental/guardian consent. For many other clinics, those ages 12-14 do not need to be accompanied by an adult if they have the signed consent form.

Proof of consent is either:

  • A signed consent form (available in English and Spanish on the All4OR.org site) 
  • A written or typed note that includes the parent/guardians name, relationship to the young adult, their date of birth, a statement saying they consent to young adult being vaccinated and the parent/guardian signature.

Fifteen and older do not need to be accompanied and do not require parental consent in the state of Oregon. 

Where can I get a vaccine?

My Vaccine Reason OHSU drive-through clinic: Get your J&J vaccine here and receive a $100 Fred Meyer or Safeway gift card while supplies last! Drive through or schedule an appointment. Find out hours of operation and see what vaccines are being given on OHSU's website.

  • Hillsboro Stadium: First and second doses will be given through June 25, then the site will close. Those who get first doses at the site in June will be scheduled for a second dose at a Hillsboro Medical Center location.

Local pharmacies: Pharmacies are required to offer second/boost doses to people who received their first dose somewhere else.

Tektronix/Beaverton: Washington County Public Health has partnered with Virginia Garcia and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to host a 2-week drive-through and walk-up clinic on the Tektronix campus. The clinic can administer up to 500 vaccinations a day. It runs June 18 through Friday, July 2. Pfizer, Moderna and J&J will be available. See Virginia Garcia's website for more details. The clinic will return later in July to give first and second doses.

St. Alexander's Catholic Church: Adelante Mujeres and other partners are hosting a free vaccination clinic on Sunday, June 27 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The church is located at 170 N 10th Avenue in Cornelius. Pfizer vaccine for ages 12+. Second doses will be offered at the same location, same hours on July 18. Walk in or make an appointment. Get a free farmers market voucher with your vaccine.

Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Centers: All vaccination events are open to the community, do not require an appointment, and do not require you to be a Virginia Garcia patient. You do not have to have insurance in order to receive a vaccine. If you have insurance, please bring your card with you. Remember, vaccines are free!

How much does the vaccine cost?

Nothing! Vaccines are FREE. If you have health insurance, you may be asked to provide that information so the vaccinator can bill your insurance an adminstration fee. 

How many people have been vaccinated? How about demographics?

The Oregon Health Authority maintains a dashboard of all this data and more on their website

How are we doing with regard to Governor Kate Brown's new vaccination goals that will allow counties and the state to lower and eventually eliminate risk levels? Check out the "Governor's Goal" dashboard.

The Oregon Health Authority has added county-level demographic information by race and ethnicity to their dashboard.

Once I get vaccinated, how long until I am protected?

People are considered fully vaccinated and protected:

  • At least two weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, like the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
  • At least two weeks after a single-dose vaccine, like Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine

Once I am fully vaccinated, what can I do?

People who have been fully vaccinated (see Q&A above for what this means) are able to do many things they haven't been able to do since the pandemic started, including going without a mask in most situations. The CDC has more guidance on their webpage.

We also have a lot more information about mask-wearing for vaccinated versus unvaccinated people on our face coverings page.

Are the vaccines safe and effective?

Yes! COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective. Over 259 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been given in the United States from December 14, 2020, through May 10, 2021.

COVID-19 vaccines were evaluated in tens of thousands of participants in clinical trials. The vaccines met the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) rigorous scientific standards for safety, effectiveness, and manufacturing quality needed to support emergency use authorization (EUA). These vaccines have undergone and will continue to undergo the most intensive safety monitoring in U.S. history. This monitoring includes using both established and new safety monitoring systems to make sure that COVID-19 vaccines are safe. Read more on the CDC's website.

Johnson & Johnson vaccine update

If you get the J&J vaccine and develop a severe or persistent headache, blurred vision, chest or abdominal pain, leg swelling or pain, shortness of breath, easy bruising or tiny blood spots under the skin beyond the injection site within three weeks after getting vaccinated, call 911 or go to an emergency room. Tell your provider you had the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Closing the vaccination equity gap with community clinics

Washington County and our community partners have hosted more than 40 community clinics and distributed more than 15,000 COVID-19 vaccinations to people of color and others hardest hit by the pandemic. Watch this video to learn how this strategy is helping to close the vaccination equity gap.

How do I get my second dose?

Second doses are a lot easier to get than they used to be. You can get your second dose at many of the locations listed above under "Where can I get a vaccine?"

I need help with transportation to get my vaccinations. 

For those members enrolled in the Oregon Health Plan (OHP), either with a Coordinated Care Organization (CCO) or as a Fee for Service (often known as “open card”) member, transportation options include:

  • Health Share of Oregon (Ride to Care): 503-416-3955 or 855-321-4899
  • Trillium (MTM): 877-583-1552
  • OHP Fee for Service (Tri-County MedLink): 866-336-2906

For individuals not enrolled in OHP who need transportation assistance, there are other options:

  • Ride Connection serves older adults and people with disabilities in Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington counties (Mon-Fri). Call 503-226-0700.
  • TriMet LIFT is a service for people who are unable to use regular buses and trains due to a disability or disabling health condition. Individuals should be enrolled before scheduling. Call 503-962-8000.
  • One Call is for Providence members only. Call 866-733-8994.

I'm a veteran. How do I get my vaccine?

The VA is handling vaccination of veterans. You can find more details on their website.

What is Washington County's role in COVID-19 vaccination? 

Our primary role is to ensure access to vaccine by all people who want it. This does not mean that we will be doing most of these vaccinations ourselves. The county is partnering with community-based organizations to host vaccination clinics for people not well served through the large healthcare systems, mass vaccination centers, and pharmacies. These clinics are focused on community members who have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19 (Latinx and BIPOC communities) and those who have limited access due to homelessness or poverty.

Additional resources and educational materials

Eva Hawes, epidemiologist

Still have questions?

If you still have questions after reviewing this page and the other web pages listed above, please send an email to CovidVaccine@co.washington.or.us and someone will get back to you as soon as possible.