Page last updated 2/26/2021
If you still have questions after reviewing this page and the other pages listed below, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will try to get back to you as soon as possible. Like many counties across the state, we are receiving more email inquiries and phone calls on our hotline than our staff can reasonably handle so we encourage you to try to find answers to your questions here before you email or call. We greatly appreciate you wanting to get the vaccine, we want you to have the vaccine and we appreciate your understanding and patience during this unprecedented time.
Top 3 Vaccine Questions of the Day
Top 3 Vaccine Questions of the Day 2/26/2021
I went to the OHA site and completed the orange instant chat function (on the bottom right hand side of the site) about vaccine eligibility and scheduling and it isn’t scheduling for Douglas County, why is that?
The Oregon Health Authority COVID vaccine website has an automated chat function (a small orange button on the bottom right side of the home page) to ask questions about eligibility and it prompts to schedule your vaccine if eligible. The chat function has been confusing and problematic for Douglas County residents, primarily because it is only scheduling for Multnomah, Washington, Clackamas and Columbia Counties, NOT DOUGLAS COUNTY. They are utilizing mass vaccination events to get those eligible vaccinated, we are choosing to give our public health vaccines to local providers and pharmacies and encourage you to schedule your vaccine with them. For a list of current vaccinators please see below.
Can I get COVID from the vaccine? I heard the vaccine sheds the virus and makes you test positive for COVID.
No, you can not get a COVID infection from the current authorized and recommended COVID vaccines in the United States (Pfizer and Moderna). These vaccines do not have live virus particles in the vaccine, this means the vaccine cannot make you sick with COVID-19. The only positive test you would receive after the vaccine is a blood test to find out if you have antibodies. Antibody/serology tests are not confirmatory for an active COVID infection. Antibodies after a vaccine means you have some immunity from the vaccine, which we think is a good thing.
Who are the current vaccinators in Douglas County?
We have updated our list of local vaccinators below (on 2/24/21). Please remember that just because a clinic, provider or pharmacy is listed as a vaccinator doesn’t guarantee they have vaccine to give out as demand continues to outpace supply. Please also remember to call your provider first, if your provider is not a vaccinator ask who they are referring patients to. Second, we’d encourage you to talk to your regular pharmacy. Many of the vaccinators on the list are vaccinating their own patients first and are not taking new patients that are not already established with them.
Senior Vaccination Plan
I am a senior, how will I get vaccinated?
Seniors have had a terrible time with the Covid 19 pandemic. In Douglas County, those over 60 have accounted for many of our cases of Covid, most of our hospitalizations and all of our deaths. Fortunately, we now have 2 vaccines that are safe AND effective in seniors. Thus, our top priority is vaccinating seniors in Douglas County.
According to the state vaccination plan those over 70 are eligible to receive vaccine starting February 22nd.
Unfortunately, there are many more seniors who need and want vaccine than there are available doses. Over the next several weeks, about 30,000 Douglas County residents will become eligible for vaccine, but we expect only a small fraction of the doses needed to vaccinate them. Vaccine supply is beyond our control, but we continue to strive for as much vaccine as possible.
Some areas have chosen on-line web sign-ups, drive through events with many hour lines or huge events at convention centers. We have chosen a different strategy. We have worked with many partners in the community and have signed up over 40 vaccine providers in the county, including doctor’s offices, clinics, pharmacies, Emergency medical providers and even dentist’s office. They cover all of the county, from Glendale in the south to Drain in the North and Reedsport to the west, with many in between. A survey of those over 80 show 90% of them have doctors who provide Covid vaccine and are willing to vaccinate their patients. The list of those who currently receive vaccine is below. (Note that there is not enough vaccine to supply all of our currently registered vaccinators. Many of those sites are pharmacies who may receive vaccine directly from the federal government).
Our plan is simple, seniors should get COVID vaccine where they get their regular health care or flu vaccine.
For those many seniors who have a regular provider on the list of vaccinators, please call them starting on the day you are eligible, not before, to set up an appointment for a vaccine. Because these vaccines have specific handling constraints, all provides will be doing vaccines on a scheduled basis. Clinics can not do walk-ins.
For those few seniors who do not have a regular doctor or whose doctor does not provide vaccine, they can get vaccine at one of our cooperating pharmacies or at other clinics who have agreed to provide vaccine. Please call your pharmacy starting on February 8th to set up an appointment for a vaccine. Because these vaccines have specific handling constraints, all providers will be doing vaccines on a scheduled basis. Our pharmacy partners cannot do walk-ins.
Here are some of the questions we have received so far;
- Which vaccine will be given? For seniors, we expect that it will be the Moderna vaccine.
- If I get the first dose, what about the second dose? As with everything about vaccines, things change all the time. At the current time, we expect that those who get vaccinated can expect a second dose about 4 weeks after the first.
- Will there be a charge for the vaccine? The federal government has purchased all of the Covid vaccine. Our vaccinators will receive the vaccine at no cost to them. They will charge an administration fee to cover the cost of storage recordkeeping and labor. They will bill your insurance, but you should not receive a bill or charge for the service.
- How can I find out more? Please see our daily press release, join us on Facebook live on Tuesdays at 6 or Fridays at 4 or at our website.
- I am not over 70, but have an underlying condition. Am eligible for a vaccine? The current guidelines do not include those with underlying conditions.
- I got a first vaccine elsewhere, can I get my second vaccine in Douglas County? The second doses are “paired” to the first dose and your second dose will be sent to wherever you got your first dose. So, except in rare circumstances, you need to return to where you got your first dose.
- I am a patient at the VA? Where do I get vaccine? The VA gets a supply of vaccines apart from what is provided by the state. They are vaccinating seniors at the VA. Please call your provider at the VA to set up an appointment.
- Can I get a Covid vaccine and another vaccine at the same time? The current recommendation is that there be 14 days between a Covid vaccine and any other vaccine.
- I was in Phase 1A, but did not receive vaccine? How can I sign up? For those in Phase 1A only, please send an e-mail to vaccines@DouglasPublicHealthNetwork.org and we will connect you with a vaccine provider.
- I am an educator, early childhood or child care worker who was previously eligible for a vaccine but did not get one. How can I sign up? For those eligible on January 25th, you should have already received 2 e-mails about eligibility for mass events on January 30th and February 3rd. If you are in that group and still want a vaccine, please forward the e-mail to educatorvaccines@DouglasPublicHealthNetwork.org If you did not receive an e-mail, please ask your employer.
Current Vaccinators Assisting with SENIOR 70+ Plan** PLEASE DO NOT CALL THESE SITES UNTIL YOU ARE ELIGIBLE.
|ANGELA JONES, MD UMPQUA VALLEY INTERNISTS|
|AVIVA HEALTH – GLIDE|
|AVIVA HEALTH – MYRTLE CREEK|
|AVIVA HEALTH – NORTH COUNTY|
|AVIVA HEALTH – ROSEBURG|
|AVIVA HEALTH – ROSEBURG SBHC|
|AVIVA HEALTH – SUTHERLIN|
|BI-MART PHARMACY 609|
|BI-MART PHARMACY 652|
|BI-MART PHARMACY 676|
|CANYONVILLE HEALTH & URGENT CARE|
|CONFEDERATED TRIBES COOS, LOWER UMPQUA, SIUSLAW INDIANS (CTCLUSI)|
|DOUGLAS COUNTY FIRE DIST 2|
|EVERGREEN FAMILY MEDICINE|
|EVERGREEN FAMILY MEDICINE HARVARD CAMPUS|
|EVERGREEN FAMILY MEDICINE SOUTH|
|EXCELLENCE IN WOMENS HEALTHCARE|
|FAMILY TREE MEDICAL CLINIC|
|FRED MEYER PHARMACY 281|
|GENOA HEALTHCARE PHARMACY – ROSEBURG|
|GERALD A JAWORSKI, MD, PC|
|GLENDALE AMBULANCE DISTRICT|
|LOWER UMPQUA HOSPITAL|
|MERCY MEDICAL CENTER – ROSEBURG|
|NORTH RIVER PEDIATRICS PC|
|NOVA HEALTH – GOETZ|
|NOVA HEALTH – ROSEBURG|
|ONE PEAK MEDICAL CLINIC – ROSEBURG|
|SOUTHRIVER COMMUNITY HLTH CTR|
|Two Rivers Integrative Medicine LLC|
|UMPQUA HEALTH – NEWTON CREEK|
|UMPQUA VALLEY AMBULANCE|
|VALLEY RIDGE FAMILY MEDICINE|
** Remember there are many more seniors who need and want vaccine than there are available doses. Vaccine supply is beyond our control, but we continue to strive for as much vaccine as possible. The list above is not a guarantee they will have vaccine, it represents organizations that have signed up to help vaccinate. This list is accurate as of 2/24/21.
Where and when can I get vaccinated? Is there a list?
Governor Kate Brown, the Oregon Health Authority and the CDC are responsible for determining vaccine prioritization. There is currently more demand for the vaccine than there is vaccine available so priorities were established by the state. Please review the current OHA prioritization table HERE. Please note, the chat function (little orange button for a live chat) on the OHA website, to establish if you are eligible and to help with scheduling your vaccine, has been confusing for some local residents. The scheduling is only for Portland Metro counties and their mass vaccine events at places like the Oregon Convention Center. To find out if you are eligible, please look at the table on the OHA site or on our home page. To schedule, call your provider or local/regular pharmacy.
Public Health does not have a list. Most people will get vaccinated by their own health care provider, clinic or pharmacy. For some groups, like health care providers, they may get it from their employer.
Mass vaccination events, sponsored by different organizations, will be by appointment and invitation only and are usually targeted to a very specific group.
There is currently not enough vaccine supply for everyone who is (or is soon to be) eligible but everyone who wants to be vaccinated will get vaccinated, it will just likely take longer than we all want. We appreciate your patience and understanding and remember, we want you to be vaccinated if you want to be vaccinated.
Please know that if you want the vaccine, we want you to have it and are working 24/7 to make that happen.
Who is working on getting people vaccinated locally?
Your Local Public Health Administrators (LPHA), DPHN, Aviva Health and Douglas ESD have been working hard over the last week to vaccinate the most recent group of eligible residents, which include educators and child care providers, as well as residents listed in the previously eligibility groups. Please, if you are not in an eligible group right now, we ask that you continue to be patient, and wait to call or email until we release the plan for your group.
As a reminder, just because you are eligible for the vaccine, does not mean we have enough vaccines to vaccinate everyone in your eligible group. Please know that vaccine availability is dependent on our allocation from the State, and their vaccine availability is dependent on their allocation from the Federal Government. Rest assured, that as soon as we have vaccines in hand, we will systematically offer them to eligible populations in an orderly, fair and equitable manner.
Who is eligible for the COVID vaccine right now?
Click here for OHA’s latest list of residents who are eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine. According to OHA, health care providers and workers; first responders; skilled, long term and memory care facilities; correctional facility workers; tribal health members; VA Workers and qualifying Veterans; caregivers of medically fragile individuals who live at home; age-eligible individuals with a medical condition or disability who receive services in their homes; educators and child care providers and those over 70 years old are on the eligible list.
We Continue to Experience Limited Vaccine Availability
We know we have mentioned that there is still a limited supply of vaccines being sent to Oregon from the Federal government, but we are hopeful that more vaccines will be sent to Douglas County soon. Our biggest frustration remains the fact that even though we continue to request more vaccines, Douglas County has continued to receive a disproportionate supply of vaccines compared with the rest of the State. We continue send requests to the State to rectify this issue, so we are able to vaccinate the ever growing list of eligible residents in our county. If you are NOT listed in one of the eligible groups, then we ask for your continued patience and ask that you wait to contact us.
What if I am not on the OHA eligible list right now?
If you are not a part of one of OHA’s listed eligible vaccine groups, then you are not eligible for the vaccine yet. We ask that you please be patient and wait for more information to be released for your group. Also, we ask that you not contact your doctor, health care provider, DPHN, Douglas County, local hospitals and our hotline until a local vaccination plan is released for your group. Again, just because you will be in an upcoming eligibility group does not mean we have vaccines available for you, or that we know when we might receive vaccines for your group. As a reminder, Douglas County, Local Public Health, DPHN or your Doctor’s Office did not and do not set the guidelines for who is eligible to get the vaccine.
Are there additional places to get the vaccine locally?
If you are a member of the Cow Creek Band of the Umpqua Tribe of Indians, please contact them for information on their COVID-19 testing and vaccination programs at (541) 672-9405 or log onto: https://www.cowcreek-nsn.gov/public-health/.
If you are a U.S. Military Veteran, you might be eligible to get vaccinated at the Roseburg VA. The Roseburg VA Health Care System is setting up appointments for veteran patients to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. To qualify for the current round of COVID-19 vaccinations at the VA, veterans must be 75 or older, or be homeless, or be frontline essential workers, hemodialysis or organ transplant patients, or chemotherapy patients receiving care at a clinic or hospital. For more information, call (541) 440-1000 or log onto: https://www.va.gov/health-care/covid-19-vaccine/.