Where to get a vaccine?
- Check to see if there is a clinic operating in your county. Click here for Oregon or here for Washington State.
- Contact your healthcare provider or medical insurance provider.
- Contact your local pharmacy.
- Contact Tribal Governments.
Who is eligible?
Starting April 19, everyone over 16 is eligible for a vaccine appointment.
Frequently Asked Questions
Should you take the vaccine?
Short answer, yes. Our union supports healthcare workers, essential workers, and the general public taking the vaccine to eliminate COVID-19 and begin the process of rebuilding from this pandemic. Detailed information on the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine is provided below and on the Oregon Health Authority website. Women who are pregnant or may become pregnant, and people who have strong allergic reactions should consult their doctor.
Do you have to take the vaccine?
No. There are no mandates from any employer in our union. It is our position that essential workers and members of the public should take the vaccine. But we don’t think people should be fired or disciplined if they choose not to.
Is the Vaccine effective?
Yes. COVID-19 vaccines have been carefully evaluated in clinical trials and approved by the FDA because they make it substantially less likely you’ll get COVID-19.
COVID-19 Vaccine Safety and Effectiveness
We understand that some people may be concerned about getting vaccinated once a COVID-19 vaccine is available in the United States. While these vaccines are being developed as quickly as possible, routine processes and procedures remain in place to ensure the safety of any vaccine that is authorized or approved for use. Safety is a top priority, and there are many reasons to get vaccinated.
COVID-19 vaccination will help keep you from getting COVID-19.
COVID-19 vaccines have been carefully evaluated in clinical trials and approved by the FDA because they make it substantially less likely you’ll get COVID-19.
COVID-19 vaccination will be a safer way to help build protection.
Getting COVID-19 may offer some protection against future infection. However, COVID-19 can have serious, life-threatening complications, and there is no way to know how COVID-19 will affect you. And if you get sick, you could spread the disease to friends, family, and others around you.
The vaccine is a safe way to protect yourself and your friends and family. The COVID-19 vaccines have gone through three phases of “trials,” in which the vaccines were tested on large numbers of people to look for side effects. Additionally, Oregon joined other western states in a review the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines once approved by the FDA. This added layer of independent expert review that will help build confidence in the vaccine and bring an additional layer of scrutiny to this important process. More details on COVID-19 vaccine safety.
COVID-19 vaccination will be an important tool to help stop the pandemic.
2020 has been a hard year, and we all want to go back to normal. The combination of getting vaccinated and following CDC’s recommendations to protect yourself and others will offer the best protection from COVID-19 and help us beat this illness once and for all.