COVID-19 Vaccine Information / Información sobre la vacuna COVID-19
Updated: Monday, March 1, 2021
Vaccinations are our strongest tool as we work to bring an end to the COVID-19 pandemic and protect those who are most vulnerable to serious illness in our community. Information about the vaccines, eligibility, and where they can be received is below: / Las vacunas son nuestra herramienta más fuerte mientras trabajamos para poner fin a la pandemia de COVID-19 y proteger a los más vulnerables a las enfermedades graves en nuestra comunidad. La información sobre la vacuna, la elegibilidad, y donde se pueden recibir está abajo:
Vaccine Clinics / Clínicas de vacunas
While supplies of vaccines remain limited, many providers in Marion County have established regular vaccination opportunities for eligible community members: / Aunque los suministros de vacunas siguen siendo limitados, muchos proveedores del condado de Marion han establecido oportunidades de vacunación periódicas para los miembros de la comunidad que cumplen los requisitos:
Salem Health: Accepting appointments as supplies allow at the Oregon State Fairgrounds. For more information, visit www.salemhealth.org or call 503-562-4278. / Se aceptan citas y visitas sin cita previa en el recinto ferial del Estado de Oregón. Para más información, visite www.salemhealth.org o llame al 503-562-4278.
Lancaster Family Medical Center: Accepting appointments. Please call 503-576-8400 to schedule. / Se aceptan citas. Por favor llame al 503-576-8400 para programar.
Santiam Hospital: Accepting appointments for eligible community members, as well as pre-registration for everyone 65 years and older. Visit www.santiamhospital.orgfor more information. / Se aceptan citas para los miembros de la comunidad que reúnan los requisitos, así como la preinscripción para todos los mayores de 65 años. Visite www.santiamhospital.org para obtener más información.
Legacy Health: Accepting appointments through the Oregon Health Authority website. / Se aceptan citas a través de la página web de la Autoridad Sanitaria de Oregón.
- To schedule, click the orange "Chat" icon in the lower right of the screen, or look for the button that says "Let's Get Started." Those looking to schedule an appointment will be asked a series of eligibility questions before being directed to a different webpage to sign up.
Para programar, haga clic en el icono naranja de "Chat" en la parte inferior derecha de la pantalla, o busque el botón que dice "Empecemos". A los que quieran concertar una cita se les plantearán una serie de preguntas sobre la elegibilidad antes de ser dirigidos a una página web diferente para inscribirse.
Salud Medical Center: Accepting appointments for eligible community members. Please call 503-982-2000 to make an appointment. / Se aceptan citas para los miembros de la comunidad que cumplan los requisitos. Por favor llame al 503-982-2000 para hacer una cita.
Many large pharmacy systems in our community are beginning to receive COVID-19 vaccines from the federal government. For information and to search for available appointments, please visit the resources below: / Muchos grandes sistemas de farmacia de nuestra comunidad están empezando a recibir las vacunas COVID-19 del gobierno federal. Para obtener información y buscar citas disponibles, visite los recursos que aparecen a continuación:
Eligibility / Elegibilidad
Currently, vaccines are being distributed to Phase 1a, Groups 1-4, and Phase 1b, Groups 1 and 2, which includes / Actualmente, las vacunas se están distribuyendo en la fase 1a, grupos 1-4, que incluye:
- Health care personnel at hospitals, urgent care clinics / Personal de atención médica en hospitales, clínicas de atención urgente;
- Health Care personnel and residents from skilled nursing, long term care and memory care facilities / Personal de atención médica y residentes de centros de enfermería especializada, de cuidados a largo plazo y de atención a la memoria;
- Tribal health programs / Programas de salud tribal;
- EMS providers and other first responders / Los proveedores de servicios de emergencia y otros socorristas;
- Individuals who work in hospice programs; mobile crisis care and related services, and secure transport / Individuos que trabajan en programas de hospicio; cuidados móviles de crisis y servicios relacionados, y transporte seguro;
- Individuals working in correctional settings / Las personas que trabajan en los centros penitenciarios;
- Health care personnel in outpatient settings, public health and early learning / El personal de atención médica en los ambulatorios, la salud pública y el aprendizaje temprano;
- In-home care, day treatment services, and death care workers / Cuidado en el hogar, servicios de tratamiento diurno y trabajadores de atención a la muerte;
- Non-emergency medical transport / Transporte médico no urgente;
- Child care and early learning providers; / Proveedores de servicios de cuidado infantil y aprendizaje temprano;
- Educators and K-12 personnel; / Educadores y personal de K-12;
- Individuals 65 years and older. / Personas de 65 años o más.
The next groups to be eligible for vaccination include: / Los siguientes grupos que pueden ser vacunados son:
Eligible no later than March 29: / A más tardar el 29 de marzo:
- Adults age 45-64 with one or more underlying health conditions that put them at an increased risk for serious illness or death from COVID-19; / Adultos de entre 45 y 64 años con una o más condiciones de salud subyacentes que los ponen en mayor riesgo de enfermedad grave o muerte por COVID-19;
- Migrant and seasonal farm workers; / Trabajadores agrícolas migrantes y de temporada;
- Seafood and agricultural workers; / Trabajadores del mar y de la agricultura;
- Food processing workers; /Trabajadores de la industria alimentaria;
- People living in low-income senior housing, senior congregate and independent living; / Personas que viven en viviendas para mayores con bajos ingresos, en centros de acogida para mayores y en viviendas independientes;
- Individuals experiencing houselessness (sheltered and unsheltered); / Personas en situación de desamparo (protegidas y no protegidas)
- People currently displaced by wildfires; and / Personas actualmente desplazadas por los incendios forestales; y
- Wildland firefighters. / Bomberos forestales.
Eligible no later than May 1: / Elegible a más tardar el 1 de mayo:
- Frontline workers as defined by CDC; / Trabajadores de primera línea según la definición de los CDC;
- Multigenerational household members; / Miembros del hogar multigeneracional;
- Adults 16-44 with one or more underlying health conditions with increased risk. / Adultos de 16 a 44 años con una o más condiciones de salud subyacentes con mayor riesgo.
Eligible no later than June 1: /
- People who are 45-64. / Personas de 45 a 64 años.
Eligible no later than July 1: / Elegible a más tardar el 1 de julio:
- All Oregonians 16 and older. / Todos los habitantes de Oregón mayores de 16 años.
Transportation / Transporte
Medical Transportation / Transporte médico:
- Oregon Health Plan (OHP) Members: Non-Emergent Medical Transportation (NEMT) to get to a clinic and get back home. Here is a map of NEMT brokerages. Generally, NEMT must be scheduled and authorized ahead of time. You can call the brokerages directly to schedule a ride.
- Medicaid-funded in-home support recipients: Ask your Medicaid-funded in-home provider to take you to a clinic and to wait with you at the clinic.
- PacificSource Community Solutions Members: LogistiCare 844-544-1397
- Marion-Polk MedLink: 877-236-4026
Public Transportation / Transporte público:
- Cherriots: Service to Salem, Keizer, Woodburn, Mt. Angel, Silverton, Gates. Mill City, Lyons, Mehama, Sublimity, Stayton, Aumsville, Turner, Dallas, Independence, Monmouth, Wilsonville.
- Woodburn Transit: Service to Woodburn.
- Canby CAT: Service to Aurora, Barlow, Hubbard, and Woodburn with connections to Woodburn Transit and Cherriots Regional.
- Silver Trolley: Service to Silverton
- SMART (City of Wilsonville): Service to Salem, Wilsonville, Canby, and Tualatin.
- Yamhill County Bus: Service to West Salem with a stop at Zena Road and Wallace Road, McMinnville, Grand Ronde, Willamina, Sheridan, other cities in Yamhill and Washington Counties.
- Tillamook County Transit and part of the Northwest Connector Network: Service to Salem, Rickreall, Lincoln City, Tillamook, and many other locations in Lincoln, Tillamook, Clatsop, Washington, and Multnomah Counties.
Additional Information / Información adicional
Information about the COVID-19 vaccines is circulating widely, and it can be difficult to know which information is reliable and which is not. When deciding whether the vaccine is right for you, please utlizite reliable sources for information, including: / La información sobre las vacunas COVID-19 circula ampliamente, y puede ser difícil saber qué información es fiable y cuál no. Cuando decida si la vacuna es adecuada para usted, utilice fuentes de información fiables, entre ellas:
If you have a history of severe allergic reactions or other pre-existing medical conditions, we recommend speaking with your health care provider to determine if the vaccine is an option for you. / Si tiene un historial de reacciones alérgicas graves u otras condiciones médicas preexistentes, le recomendamos que hable con su proveedor de atención médica para determinar si la vacuna es una opción para usted.
For general information about the vaccine and clinics in your area, the Oregon Health Authority has established several ways to access information: / Para obtener información general sobre la vacuna y las clínicas de su zona, la Autoridad Sanitaria de Oregón ha establecido varias formas de acceder a la información:
We are always happy to help answer your questions. Contact the Marion County COVID-19 Public Information Team at MCCOVIDemail@example.com. / Siempre estamos dispuestos a responder a sus preguntas. Póngase en contacto con el equipo de información pública COVID-19 del condado de Marion enMCCOVIDfirstname.lastname@example.org.
The FDA has approved two COVID-19 vaccines for use in the United States. Oregon is receiving limited doses of the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines weekly. The limited supply will be provided to hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, EMS/first responders, and other health care professionals throughout the state to allow them to safely continue to care for those who are ill.
Marion County Health & Human Services has been working closely with state partners to carefully plan vaccine distribution and communication to ensure efficient and equitable vaccination to community members. We received our first 800 doses of the vaccine on Wednesday, December 30, which were distributed to local EMS and first responders. We remain in Phase 1A of our Vaccine Distribution Plan.
La FDA ha aprobado dos vacunas COVID-19 para su uso en los Estados Unidos. Oregón está recibiendo dosis limitadas de las vacunas COVID-19 de Pfizer y Moderna semanalmente. El suministro limitado se proporcionará a hospitales, centros de enfermería especializada y servicios de emergencia/primeros auxilios en todo el estado para que puedan seguir atendiendo con seguridad a los enfermos.
El Departamento de Salud y Servicios Humanos del Condado de Marion ha estado trabajando estrechamente con socios estatales para planificar cuidadosamente la distribución y comunicación de las vacunas para asegurar una vacunación eficiente y equitativa a los miembros de la comunidad. Recibimos nuestras primeras 800 dosis de la vacuna el miércoles 30 de diciembre, las cuales fueron distribuidas a los servicios de emergencias locales y a los primeros en responder. Seguimos en la fase 1A de nuestro plan de distribución de vacunas.
Marion County COVID-19 Vaccine Planning Documents:
Frequently Asked Questions:
These vaccines were produced so quickly. How do we know they are safe?
It is the U.S. vaccine safety system's job to make sure that all vaccines are as safe as possible. Safety has been a top priority while federal partners have worked to make COVID-19 vaccines available for use in the United States.
The new COVID-19 vaccines have been evaluated in tens of thousands of individuals, who volunteered to be vaccinated and to participate in clinical trials. The information from these clinical trials allowed the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to determine the safety and effectiveness of the vaccines. These clinical trials were conducted according to rigorous standards set forth by FDA.
FDA has determined that the newly authorized COVID-19 vaccines meet its safety and effectiveness standards. Therefore, FDA has made these vaccines available for use in the United States under what is known as an Emergency Use Authorization.
Do clinical trials show whether vaccines are effective?
Yes. Clinical trials provide data and information about how well a vaccine prevents an infectious disease and about how safe it is. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) evaluates the data, along with information from the manufacturer, to assess the safety and effectiveness of a vaccine. FDA then decides whether to approve a vaccine or authorize it for emergency use in the United States.
After COVID-19 vaccines are approved or authorized for emergency use by FDA and recommended for public use, CDC will further assess their effectiveness. These real world assessments will compare groups of people who do and don't get vaccinated and people who do and don't get COVID-19 to find out how well COVID-19 vaccines are working to protect people.
What is an Emergency Use Authorization?
An Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) is a mechanism to facilitate the availability and use of medical countermeasures, including vaccines, during public health emergencies, such as the current COVID-19 pandemic. Under an EUA, FDA may allow the use of unapproved medical products, or unapproved uses of approved medical products in an emergency to diagnose, treat, or prevent serious or life-threatening diseases or conditions when certain statutory criteria have been met, including that there are no adequate, approved, and available alternatives. Taking into consideration input from the FDA, manufacturers decide whether and when to submit an EUA request to FDA.
Once submitted, FDA will evaluate an EUA request and determine whether the relevant statutory criteria are met, taking into account the totality of the scientific evidence about the vaccine that is available to FDA.
Will on going assessments be conducted to determine if the vaccine protects people from severe COVID-19 illness?
Yes. Severe illness from COVID-19 is defined as needing care in a hospital or intensive care unit (ICU), needing to be on a ventilator, or dying due to COVID-19. Experts will assess how well COVID-19 vaccines protect people against severe illness using case-control studies among hospitalized patients. Experts also will use cohort studies of electronic health records to see if people hospitalized with COVID-19 received the vaccine or not.
Will the CDC continue to watch for problems with these new vaccines?
Yes. Even though no safety issues arose during the clinical trials, CDC and other federal partners will continue to monitor the new vaccines for serious side effects (known as adverse events) using many vaccine safety monitoring systems such as, Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS). Additionally, doctors are required to report any adverse reactions to the vaccine.
This continued monitoring can pick up on side effects that may not have been seen in clinical trials. If an unexpected side effect with the new COVID-19 vaccines is seen, experts can quickly study it further to determine if it is a true safety concern. Monitoring vaccine safety is critical to help ensure that the benefits of the COVID-19 vaccines continue to outweigh the risks for people who are vaccinated.
The current vaccine safety system is strong and robust, with the capacity to monitor COVID-19 vaccine safety effectively. Existing data systems can rapidly detect if a vaccine has any possible safety problems. These systems are being scaled up to fully meet the needs of the nation. Additional systems and data sources are also being developed to further enhance safety monitoring capabilities.
Will I have an allergic reaction to the vaccine?
Currently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that anyone with an allergy to "any component" of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine not get the vaccine.
Those with a history of allergies, however, should consult with their doctor first. A history of severe allergic reaction such as anaphylaxis to any vaccine or to any injectable therapy is a precaution, but not contraindication, to vaccination.
Does the vaccine contain a live virus?
No. The vaccines don't contain live, attenuated, or inactivated viruses. The vaccines contain the gene for a virus protein only. This means you can't get COVID-19 from the vaccine.
Will the vaccine change my DNA?
No. The mRNA from the vaccine never enters the nucleus of the cell and does not affect or interact with a person's DNA.
What is mRNA?
mRNA vaccines take advantage of the process that cells use to make proteins in order to trigger an immune response and build immunity to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. In contrast, most vaccines use weakened or inactivated versions or components of the disease-causing pathogen to stimulate the body's immune response to create antibodies.
mRNA can most easily be described as instructions for the cell on how to make a piece of the "spike protein" that is unique toCOVID-19. Since only part of the protein is made, it does not do any harm to the person vaccinated but it is antigenic (A molecule that is capable of binding to an antibody or to an antigen receptor on a T cell, especially one that induces an immune response).
After the piece of the spike protein is made, the cell breaks down the mRNA strand and disposes of them using enzymes in the cell. It is important to note that the mRNA strand never enters the cell's nucleus or affects genetic material.
How much does the vaccine hurt? Can it make you sick?
Most people do not have serious problems after being vaccinated. However, your arm may be sore, red, or warm to the touch. These symptoms usually go away on their own within a week. Some people report getting a headache or fever when getting a vaccine. These side effects are a sign that your immune system is doing exactly what it is supposed to do. It is working and building up protection to disease.
How many doses of the vaccine are needed and why?
Nearly all COVID-19 vaccines being studied in the United States require two shots. The first shot starts building protection, but everyone has to come back a few weeks later for the second one to get the most protection the vaccine can offer.
If I already had COVID-19 and recovered, do I still need to get the vaccine when it is available?
Preliminary research suggests that the vaccine will give you better protection than having had the virus. The CDC recommends that those who have had COVID-19 get the vaccine.
Who gets the vaccine first?
We know it will take some time before every Oregonian who wants to get the vaccine can get their two shots. Oregon Health Authority will follow a phased approach to ensure they provide the first vaccines to critical health care workers who work with COVID-19 patients.
In line with CDC guidance, OHA will be prioritizing frontline health care workers and long-term care residents and employees as the first group to receive the vaccine. This includes our doctors, nurses, janitorial staff, and others who have the potential for direct or indirect contact with COVID-19 patients or infectious materials.
Looking forward OHA has established a COVID-19 Vaccine Advisory Community Council that represents a diverse group of community members to help ensure we distribute the vaccine in a fair and equitable way for all the people of Oregon.
OHA has released guidance for Phase 1. You can view the guidance here:
COVID-19 Vaccine in Oregon.