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.
Residents can 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. That same form can be accessed and used by the public at http://www.co.josephine.or.us/Page.asp?NavID=2299.
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.
Many Oregonians are currently eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. The most recent group to become eligible — Phase 1B, Group 7 — includes frontline workers, individuals living in multigenerational households and Oregonians age 16-44 with one or more underlying health condition with increased risk will be eligible. See covidvaccine.oregon.gov for a complete list and more details.
By April 19, every Oregonian age 16 and older will be eligible for the vaccine.
Three vaccines are currently available in Josephine County from Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson. At this time, residents are not able to request a specific manufacturer when scheduling an appointment.
Second Dose COVID-19 Vaccine Information
Josephine County residents who received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine at the Josephine County Fairgrounds will need their second dose based on the date of initial administration. If you received the Pfizer vaccine, you will need your second dose about 21 days later. If you received the Moderna vaccine, you will need your second dose about 28 days later.
Public Health is collaborating with medical practitioners in Josephine County to support this need. We are in the final stages of identifying local resources for second-dose administration. This page will be updated with available providers; please check back for updates.
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Facts About COVID-19 Vaccines
- Josephine County Public Health is not creating a "wait list" for COVID-19 vaccinations
- Vaccination is the best way to keep yourself, your family and your community healthy
- COVID-19 vaccines are 95% effective and have undergone rigorous safety testing
- People who are most affected by the COVID-19 virus will have first access to the vaccination
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:
- Wear a mask
- Physically distance from others
- Wash your hands
- Avoid gatherings
- Stay home when you’re sick
It will take time to distribute the vaccines. It will be months before a COVID-19 vaccine is available to everyone. It will take time to make enough vaccines and distribute them in our communities.
COVID-19 vaccines will be given in phases determined by the Oregon Health Authority
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.
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.