Vaccine Information

Page last updated on 10/25/2021

Where can I get a vaccine?

COVID-19 Vaccine Equity UpdateWashington County's Mobile Vaccine Team: Our mobile team is traveling the county to make it easier for you to get the vaccine close to where you live, shop, work or hang out. Our priority is first and second doses for those who have not been vaccinated. We will also provide booster doses after November 2, but encourage you to schedule boosters at a pharmacy or from your health care provider. 

Find mobile vaccine schedule here

Local pharmacies: 

Beaverton Resource Center: This Friday morning drive-thru clinic will extend into December. All three brands of the vaccine are available. You can drive up or visit Project Access Now's website if you want to make an appointment. 

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!

Still have questions or need language assistance? Call our HelpLine at 1-833-907-3520.

What about boosters?

The CDC recommends COVID-19 booster shots for the following groups who received their second dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccine at least six months ago. This includes people: 

It also recommends that everyone 18 and older who received the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine get a booster dose two months after their shot.

Mix and Match Approved: The CDC also approved a “mix-and-match” strategy that allows anyone qualifying for a booster to receive any of the FDA-authorized vaccines. People may receive either the same or a different COVID-19 vaccine, depending on advice from a health care provider, individual preference, availability or convenience. 

Wondering if you are eligible for the booster or a 3rd dose? See this OHA page for more information. 

Where to get a booster shot: Call your health care provider, click the pharmacy links above, or schedule an appointment at one of three OHSU sites, including Hillsboro Medical Center and the drive-thru site at the Portland Expo Center.  

Closing the vaccination equity gap 

Washington County is partnering with more than 70 community organizations to close the COVID-19 vaccination equity gap. Our COVID-19 Vaccine Equity Update, submitted to the state on September 28, outlines the progress we have made in the last four months since our first report in May 2021. This includes significant progress vaccinating Black and Latina/o/x adults. However, there is still work to do as vaccination rates in these groups remain significantly lower than in other racial/ethnic groups in the county.  

Washington County was the first county in the state to vaccinate 80% of all adults. Governor Kate Brown congratulated us and partner Adelante Mujeres during a September 22 visit to the mobile vaccination clinic at the Forest Grove Farmers Market. See KGW news story and governor’s news release in English and Spanish.

Read our Vaccine Equity Update in Spanish

How to talk to people about getting the vaccine

Don't give up on your friends and family who haven't been vaccinated against COVID-19. There is a lot of misinformation out there and some people still have questions. In our new video below, hear from people who waited and get advice from Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center's Dr. Eva Galvez on how to talk to people about getting the vaccine. 

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. 

What about a third dose for immunocompromised? 

August 16: The FDA authorized third doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines for people who are immunocompromised and may not have developed a sufficient immune response after their first two doses. This includes people undergoing treatment for certain cancers, organ transplant recipients taking immune suppressing drugs, and others on immune therapies. Virginia Garcia and most pharmacies are offering these 3rd doses. Read OHA's Q & A for more information. 

Let's bust some myths. Vaccines:

  • Do not contain microchips.
  • Do not alter your DNA.
  • Do not make you magnetic.
  • Do not cause pregnancy or fertility problems.
  • Do not shed (release parts outside of the body).
  • Do not cause you to test positive for COVID-19.
  • Do not infect you with the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

Read more on the CDC's website.

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. 

Are the vaccines safe and effective?

Yes! COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective. 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). On August 23, 2021, the FDA gave full approval to the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for those 16 and older. 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.

Do the vaccines protect against the Delta variant?

YES! Pfizer, Moderna and J&J COVID-19 vaccines have been shown to offer strong protection against serious illness, hospitalization and death from the Delta variant. Unvaccinated people are most at risk from getting severely ill or dying from the extremely contagious variant. Read Five Things to Know About the Delta Variant from Yale University.

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 of Pfizer or Moderna and at least two weeks after the one-dose J&J vaccine.

How many people have been vaccinated? How about demographics?

The Oregon Health Authority maintains a vaccination dashboard on their website. In July, OHA updated their race and ethnicity dashboard, which breaks down how many Oregonians age 18+ have been vaccinated.

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.

Additional resources and educational materials

Eva Hawes, epidemiologist

Who won the lottery?

Washington County has announced the winners from the "Take Your Shot, Oregon" campaign. Ten adults in our county won $10,000, and five youth ages 12-17 won $20,000 in college scholarships. Read all about the winners and why they chose to get vaccinated.

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.