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Vaccine Information

All about the COVID-19 vaccine: Who is eligible, where to get vaccinated, answers to FAQ, and more

Page last updated on 11/22/2022

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Who can get a vaccine?
Who can get a booster and when?
What about boosters for immunocompromised?
Where to get a vaccine or booster
How to get an electronic vaccination card
How much does the vaccine cost?
Are the vaccines safe and effective?
Vaccination demographics
Additional resources and educational materials
Still have questions?

Who can get a vaccine?

Everyone six months and older is eligible for a vaccine. In mid-June, federal and state health officials authorized a three-dose series of a Pfizer vaccine for children between the ages of six months and four years. They also authorized a two-dose series of a vaccine made by Moderna for children between the ages of six months and five years. Please check with your health care provider to see if you can make an appointment for your baby or toddler to be vaccinated or visit one of the clinics listed below.

Read Oregon Health Authority information about the authorization for children six months to four years.

New vaccine authorized for adults: On July 13, the FDA authorized the Novavax vaccine (for people 18 and older) for emergency use. This vaccine is different from the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines because it does not use mRNA technology that teaches your body how to make a COVID-19 spike protein. Instead, Novavax uses an older technology to deliver a version of the spike protein through a material called an adjuvant which helps to trigger an immune response. This vaccine is only available for people who have not received another COVID-19 vaccine, and is delivered in two doses, three weeks apart.

Who can get a booster and when?

October 13, 2022: Federal and state health officials have authorized an updated COVID 19 booster for everyone 5 and older. The updated boosters from Pfizer (for 5 and older) and Moderna (for 6 and older), target the original COVID variant and the newer BA.4 and BA.5. omicron variants.

In order to receive an updated booster, you must have received your initial 2-dose Pfizer, Moderna or Novavax vaccines or a one dose J & J vaccine. You can receive the updated booster as early as two months after your initial vaccines or your last booster.

Older boosters, which target only the original strain of the virus, are no longer authorized for use.

Boosters are most important for people at higher risk for severe disease, which includes those age 50 and older and people who are immunocompromised.

See the CDC's new recommendations on boosters.

What about boosters for immunocompromised?

If you are severely or moderately immunocompromised your immune system may not have developed a sufficient immune response after your initial dose(s) of vaccine. That's why the CDC is recommending additional doses and boosters for people who have certain medical conditions. Examples include people receiving active cancer treatment for tumors or blood cancers, those taking immunosuppresant drugs after an organ transplant, and those with advanced or untreated HIV infection.

Talk to your health care provider to find out what is best for you.

Read CDC's information for immunocompromised people. 

Where to get a vaccine or booster

All of the major health systems are providing COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters. Updated boosters targeting the omicron BA.4 and BA.5 variants are now authorized (for people ages 5 and up) at pharmacies and locations below.

In-home vaccinations: Are you or a loved one who is (5 years or older) unable to get to a vaccine clinic because of a disability or other physical or mental health barrier?

See if you qualify for a free in-home vaccination or booster by calling 503-846-5456, emailing us [email protected] or filling out this form.

Valerie's mother received her COVID-19 vaccine at home. Watch our short video to hear what she has to say.

Beaverton Resource Center: Takes place every Friday inside the Beaverton Resource Center, 13565 SW Walker Road. Make an appointment at Project Access Now's website. This clinic will be closed on November 25.

Centro Cultural de Washington County: This vaccination clinic takes place every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 1110 N. Adair Street in Cornelius. Questions: Call Centro at 503-359-0046. This clinic will be closed on November 26, and December 24 and 31. 

M&M MarketPlace: This clinic is located at 346 SW Walnut Street in Hillsboro. It is open every other Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Dec. 3 and 17). No appointments, ID or health insurance required. Testing also available at this site. Call the Vive NW hotline at 844-291-4970 with questions. 

Neighborhood Health Center: Locations in Beaverton, Hillsboro and Tanasbourne. You can make an appointment by calling the NHC COVID-19 Hotline at 503-848-5861 or by calling the clinic directly. Find more information at the NHC COVID webpage.

Paisanos Plaza: This clinic runs every other Saturday from 2-6 p.m., with clinics on November 5 and 19. It is located at 966 SE Oak Street in Hillsboro. 

Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center: Vaccination, testing and treatment at the Hillsboro 7th Avenue clinic (226 SE 7th Ave) is open to all community members. You don't have to be a Virginia Garcia patient. Testing is drive-thru and vaccination is walk-up. Hours are M-F, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Appointments are encouraged. Find more information at VG's website. This clinic is closed on Thanksgiving (Nov. 24) and Nov. 25. You can also get your flu vaccine here.

Local pharmacies

Get Vaccinated Oregon has a vaccine finder on their website.

Still have questions or need language assistance? Call our HelpLine at 503-846-8123

How to get an electronic vaccination card

You can get an electronic copy of the vaccinations you've received in Oregon that will include the same information that is on your paper card. You do not have to get an electronic copy, this is optional. The card will not be shared with other government agencies and it does not include your address, phone number or social security number. The electronic card is FREE and available in 13 languages. Use this OHA website to obtain your card. Find a video with instructions and learn more in this OHA story.  

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 administration 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. On January 31, 2022, the FDA gave full approval for the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. 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.

How many people have been vaccinated? How about demographics?

The Oregon Health Authority maintains a vaccination dashboard on their website. In July 2021, OHA updated their race and ethnicity dashboard, which breaks down how many Oregonians age 18+ have been vaccinated.

Additional resources and educational materials

Still have questions?

If you still have questions after reviewing this page and the other web pages listed above, please send an email to [email protected] and someone will get back to you as soon as possible.