Josephine County Public Health has opened a COVID-19 call center to help residents schedule vaccine appointments and provide general information about both the virus and the respiratory disease it causes. To find a vaccine provider:
Operated by FCR, an Oregon-based call center management company, the Josephine County COVID-19 call center will stay active until every person in Josephine County that wants a vaccine has been given a reasonable amount of time to schedule one.
You do not have to be a resident of Josephine County in order to get vaccinated. Three vaccines are currently available in Josephine County from Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson.
- Call (541) 916-7030 Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. to speak to an operator in English or Spanish. The call center can directly schedule vaccination appointments for residents at one of 12 local providers using an online form.
- Visit http://www.co.josephine.or.us/Page.asp?NavID=2299.
Currently anyone age 12 and older can be vaccinated against COVID-19. The Pfizer vaccine is available for those age 12 and older. The Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are available for those age 18 and older.
Those age 15 and older can independently consent to be vaccinated in Oregon
. Those age 12, 13 and 14 need to have written parental/guardian consent to be vaccinated but do not necessarily need to have the parent/guardian present at the time of vaccination. Check with the vaccine provider for more specifics.
Second Dose COVID-19 Vaccine Information
If you receive the Pfizer vaccine, you will need your second dose about 21 days later. If you receive the Moderna vaccine, you will need your second dose about 28 days later. If you receive the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, you only need a single dose.
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Facts About COVID-19 Vaccines
- Vaccination is the best way to keep yourself, your family and your community healthy.
- COVID-19 vaccines are 95% protective against COVID-19 infection and have undergone rigorous safety testing.
- COVID-19 vaccines are nearly 100% protective against death from COVID-19 disease.
- Learn more about Oregon's distribution plan here
Vaccination gives us hope that the pandemic will end, but in the meantime, we need to continue safety measures to keep the virus from spreading. Each measure is a step toward returning to “normal” life again. No single protective measure is perfect, but adding multiple layers of protection lessons the ability of the virus to spread and infect.
- Wear a mask
- Physically distance from others
- Wash your hands
- Avoid gatherings
- Stay home when you’re sick
Genetic Vaccines — What Are They?
Instead of using a viral (live or attenuated) vector to deliver SARS-CoV-2 virus genes to human cells, the genes can be administered directly as either DNA or RNA. The Moderna and Pfizer vaccines available in our county are messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccines that deliver the spike protein gene. Once the genetic sequence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus was known in January 2020, it was relatively straightforward to generate genetic vaccine candidates.
The mRNA vaccines are easier to develop and manufacture compared to other vaccine types as they do not require cultivating viruses in cells. This is why they were some of the first SARS-CoV-2 vaccines to enter human trials. However, no mRNA vaccine has previously been licensed and approved for humans and most experience with this technology in humans has been for the treatment of cancer. No steps in the safety and efficacy testing of the vaccines were skipped; rather, red tape was cut to allow the business side of the approval process to occur more quickly than usual.
The mRNA vaccines are taken up into cells, but do not need to enter the nucleus to trick the body into producing viral proteins, which then induce immune responses. RNA is particularly potent at inducing innate immune response, the earliest type of response to a pathogen that prevents spread within the body. The mRNA is used by the cell as a template to build a protein through the process of translation. These vaccines do not alter a person's DNA.