Page last updated on 5/10/2021
Where and when can I get a vaccine?
As of April 19, 2021, every Oregonian ages 16 and up is eligible for a vaccine. Now is a great time to schedule your appointment!
Please do not double-book or no-show for your appointment.
NEW! You can now WALK IN to the Oregon Convention Center for a vaccination, or you can schedule your own first-dose COVID-19 vaccination appointment there via this new website. It works best using Chrome, Edge or Safari. The Pfizer vaccine is given at this location, so it's a great option for those ages 16 and up.
Get Vaccinated Oregon Sign up here and you will be sent an invitation when a vaccine appointment is available to you. Appointments are for the Oregon Convention Center as well as other locations, including some in Washington County. Children ages 12-15 should be authorized and eligible SOON for the Pfizer vaccine. You can sign them up on Get Vaccinated Oregon's website NOW.
Local pharmacies: As of April 27, 2021, pharmacies are required to offer second/boost doses to people who received their first dose somewhere else.
- Safeway and Albertsons
- Walgreens (or 1-800-WALGREENS)
- Rite Aid
- Fred Meyer
Washington County-sponsored Community Clinics:
Tuesday, May 11: Hillsboro Senior Center, 750 SE 8th Ave. 2:30-7:30 p.m. (appointments) and 2:30-6:30 p.m. (walk-ins). Moderna vaccine for 18+. Second dose will be on June 8.
How much does the vaccine cost?
Vaccines are provided free of charge to the recipient. If you have health insurance, you may be asked to provide that information so the vaccinator can bill your insurance an adminstration fee.
Johnson & Johnson vaccine update
On April 23, the Food and Drug Administration lifted the pause on the use of the J&J vaccine, with a warning about the potential for rare blood clots for women under age 50. The Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup also found that the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is “generally safe and effective and that the resumption of its use is warranted once culturally and linguistically appropriate patient and provider educational materials in plain language that support informed decision-making are available.”
The FDA has provided an updated Q&A about the J&J vaccine.
The CDC has created a fact sheet with new information.
The Oregon Health Authority says that Oregon health care providers and pharmacies may resume administering the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine if they can ensure patients or their caregivers are informed about the benefits and risks of the vaccine in their primary language.
How many people have been vaccinated? Which vaccines are being used? How about demographics?
The Oregon Health Authority maintains a dashboard of all this data and more on their website.
Watch our video to learn more about scheduling an appointment, and find out how we are vaccinating those hardest hit by the pandemic.
How do I get my second dose?
The agency or organization that provided your first vaccine will communicate with you about how to get your second dose. Please be sure to provide contact information when you get your first dose.
As of April 27, 2021, pharmacies are required to offer second/boost doses to people who received their first dose somewhere else.
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 according to the federal schedule. You can find more details on their website.
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 above Q&A) are able to do some things they haven't been able to do since the pandemic started. This includes gathering with others (in small groups) who have been vaccinated without having to wear a mask or stay six feet apart. The CDC has more guidance on their webpage.
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.
- What are the differences between the vaccines? How do they work and are they effective? Watch our video featuring one of our epidemiologists.
- If you have questions about COVID-19 vaccines in Oregon, you can contact 211 using one of these methods:
- Text ORCOVID to 898211
- Email ORCOVID@211info.org
- Call 211 or 1-866-698-6155 (6 a.m.–7 p.m. daily). Wait times may be long due to high call volumes. You may choose to get a call back rather than stay on hold. English and Spanish, with interpretation available for all other languages.
- TTY: Dial 711 or call 1-866-698-6155
- Information and downloadable educational fliers in multiple languages on Multnomah County's website: COVID-19 Vaccine Safety and Development, How COVID-19 Vaccines Protect You and Diversity in Vaccine Studies
- The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has rigorous scientific and regulatory processes in place to facilitate development and ensure the safety, effectiveness and quality of COVID-19 vaccines.
- Oregon's COVID-19 Vaccination Plan
- CDC COVID-19 Vaccine Website
- Oregon Health Authority's vaccine pages in English and Spanish
- OHA's Vaccine Q&A
- Sign up for OHA COVID-19 updates
Still have questions?
If you still have questions after reviewing this page and the other web pages listed above, please send a detailed email to CovidVaccine@co.washington.or.us and someone will try to get back to you as soon as possible. We are receiving more email inquiries than our staff can handle, so it is best if you can try to find your answer on these pages before emailing us. Thank you for understanding, and we apologize for any inconvenience.