CLACKAMAS COUNTY 4/16/2021: 3 things you need to know now

Updated: Apr 19



4/16/2021: 3 things you need to know now

1: Who is currently eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine?


Frontline workers in Oregon are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. To see whether you qualify as a frontline worker at your job visit OHA's description of frontline workers.


All Oregonians aged 16 and over will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine starting April 19. At this time, 16 and 17-year-olds are only eligible to receive the Pfizer vaccine and will need to register through getvaccinated.oregon.gov. Most Pfizer vaccine is located at the Oregon Convention Center in our region. For more information check out the Oregon Health Authority's FAQ.

Vaccine supply is still limited which means not everyone who is eligible will receive the vaccine right away. It may take several months before everyone who is eligible can be vaccinated.


To see the timeline and when you are eligible, check out OHA's Vaccine Eligibility Infographic to find out more details.


2: Why did Clackamas County stop using the Johnson & Johnson vaccine?


This week, we paused the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine as a precaution and on the recommendation of the CDC and FDA. As of April 12, more than 6.8 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine had been administered in the U.S. with 7,000 doses administered in Clackamas County.

The CDC and FDA are reviewing data involving six reported cases in the U.S. of a rare type of blood clot in individuals after receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Although the blood clot reaction is extremely rare, it is severe. We know this news raises many questions and concerns. Watch our latest video update to learn more: https://youtu.be/7JpF5zba3IE


Please also check out Oregon Health Authority's FAQs document for more information


3: How do I schedule an appointment for the COVID-19 vaccination?

We distribute vaccine and open up appointments at our local clinics based on the supply we receive from the state. We realize our local clinics have been filling up quickly. We will be hosting future weekly clinics.


The best way to get notified is by registering via the Get Vaccinated Oregon tool. This tool also provides scheduling notifications for the Oregon Convention Center and the Portland Airport Drive-Thru Clinic. If you need help with scheduling options please call 211 or our Public Inquiry Center at 503-655-8224 M-F, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Find a COVID-19 vaccine in Oregon by visiting the state's website.

Schedule your COVID-19 vaccination appointment at one of the following locations.


Oregon Convention Center

Sign up at getvaccinated.oregon.gov. You will be sent an invitation when an appointment is available to you. Names are selected at random each week from the eligible pool.


  • Only sign up once on the Get Vaccinated Oregon website.

  • Once you create an account for yourself, you can add others to your account and monitor their eligibility as well.

  • It may take several weeks before you are contacted to schedule an appointment

OHSU drive-thru clinic at PDX Airport

These appointments are specifically for seniors with mobility needs, individuals with disabilities and their caregivers. If you know you are eligible for this site, you can schedule online (when appointments are available) via OHSU. New appointments are released Mondays and Thursdays at 9 a.m. (subject to change). If you aren't sure, use OHA's eligibility and scheduling tool.

Pharmacies

Limited vaccination appointments are available for eligible individuals at some local pharmacies.

Pharmacies will screen for eligibility according to state guidelines. They have limited doses and appointments available each week. Go directly to their COVID vaccine websites to make an appointment:


Helpful resources for your COVID-19 vaccine-related questions:


Online:

  • Visit the OHA COVID-19 vaccine website or Página del OHA sobre la vacuna

  • Clackamas County's COVID-19 information webpage https://www.clackamas.us/coronavirus


211:

  • Text ORCOVID to 898211 to get text/SMS updates (English and Spanish only) or email ORCOVID@211info.org.

  • If you can’t get your COVID-19 vaccine question answered on the website, by text, or by email, you can call 211 or 1-866-698-6155 (Open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, including holidays).

  • Please be aware that wait times may be long due to high call volumes. There is an option to get a call back rather than wait on hold (in English and Spanish).

Free interpretation is available for all other languages. TTY: Dial 711 or call 1-866-698-6155. Please note: These are information lines, not vaccine scheduling.


Email:

If you have questions about COVID-19 vaccination process in the tri-county area, please email your questions to covidvaccine@clackamas.us. We are experiencing a high volume of emails but we will try to answer your questions as soon as we can.

We produce weekly updates to keep you informed. Clackamas County plans to send brief weekly email updates to email subscribers on this contact list.

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