Vaccine Information

Page last updated on 9/15/2021

Where can I get a vaccine?

Do vaccines work against delta - YES!Washington County's Mobile Vaccine Team: Our mobile team is traveling the county to make it easier for people to get the vaccine close to where they live, shop or hang out. We add new locations regularly, so there's a good chance we'll be in your neighborhood soon. Find the schedule here

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

Beaverton Resource Center: Most Fridays from July 16 through September 24. See the flier for exact dates and times. Pfizer for ages 12 and older. Located at 13565 SW Walker Road.

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.

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 additional doses and boosters?

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. Washington County is not offering additional doses at our mobile vaccination sites. Read OHA's Q & A. 

The FDA is currently evaluating boosters for everyone else.

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.

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.

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

Closing the vaccination equity gap with community clinics

Washington County and our community partners 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 helped to close the vaccination equity gap. You can also read our vaccine equity report we submitted to the state.

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.

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.