COVID-19 Vaccinations

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To better facilitate the COVID-19 vaccination process, Josephine County Public Health has created an online form for those seeking an appointment.

Anyone interested in scheduling an appointment to receive a first or second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine is invited to fill out the Josephine County COVID-19 Vaccination Appointment Request Form. A local COVID-19 vaccine provider will contact those who are currently eligible to schedule an appointment. Those who are not currently eligible will have their information saved and will be contacted as eligibility criteria expands.

The form is also available in Spanish

Because of the anticipated high volume of requests, Public Health cannot guarantee a timeline for a response. Those interested will be referred to a provider in their area and contacted in the order their submission is received.

“We are encouraged by the number of people seeking COVID-19 vaccines, and it’s unfortunate that so far demand has exceeded supply throughout Oregon,” said Mike Weber, Josephine County Public Health director. “As we transition away from conducting mass vaccination clinics and focus on ensuring vaccine distribution through pharmacies and other healthcare providers throughout the county, we will use this form to help connect citizens with resources.”

Public Health is also working to launch the Josephine County COVID-19 Call Center, set to open in the coming weeks. Call Center staff will contact those with questions about the process or eligibility who have completed the form. Residents will also be able to contact the call center with questions about COVID-19 and vaccinations. Call Center staff will be able to provide referral information to clinics and medical providers who can schedule and administer the COVID-19 vaccine.  

 

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.

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