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Getting Vaccinated: Four Things to Know

COVID-19 Vaccine

The Coronavirus Pandemic has killed millions worldwide, and caused undue stress on all of us—even more so for those experiencing mental health challenges. Yet, we finally have a solution out of the pandemic: vaccinations.

For many, the difficulty lies with trying to get the vaccine. To that end, the State of Oregon and Clackamas County have been working to provide resources that make finding a vaccine easy.

If you or your child still needs to be vaccinated, here are four things you should know:

1. Appointments are available

Clackamas County is hosting several clinics in an effort to bring the vaccine closer to people. You can check their website for specific locations and events. In addition, most pharmacies are offering vaccine appointments. You can search for available appointments here.

2. Young adults can get vaccinated

Currently, all Oregonians ages 12 and up are eligible for the vaccine. Teens aged 12-17, however, are only eligible for the Pfizer vaccine at this time.

3. It’s free

The Covid-19 vaccine is free and available whether you have health insurance or not.

4. We can only return to normal if enough people are vaccinated

The only way that we can get out of this pandemic is if everyone, including those who are young and healthy, receive the vaccine. Currently, 47% of Oregonians are fully vaccinated and over 4 million doses have been administered in the state. This includes 182,000 people who are fully vaccinated in Clackamas County alone.

If you have any questions, please call the Clackamas County Public Inquiry Center at 503-655-8224, Monday thru Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm.

Our Peer Resource Coordinator, Max, is also available to answer any questions you may have or to help you schedule an appointment, find transportation to and from, or to meet with you while you are waiting. You can contact him by calling 503-343-6674 or email him at

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