COVID-19 Vaccine

Vaccine Information

Eligibility Timeline

For more information on underlying health conditions and essential workers, click here→

When can I get vaccinated?


Governor Kate Brown and the Oregon Health Authority determine the vaccination prioritization with the help of the Vaccine Advisory Committee. Exact timeframes can change and depend on vaccine supply. Please see the table above to find your group or determine if you're eligible at getvaccinated.oregon.gov.

Unfortunately, there is currently not enough vaccine supply for everyone who is (or who will soon be) eligible. Everyone who wants to be vaccinated will get vaccinated. It will likely take longer than we all want. We understand your frustration but ask for your continued patience.

See Oregon's vaccination data dashboard that shows how many have been vaccinated across the state and county by county.

Can I get on a list to get vaccinated?

You must have an appointment to get a vaccination with any provider. This section covers the various ways to schedule appointments with the current providers in our region.

For this week, the following providers in Columbia County are using local health department vaccine supply to offer vaccinations for eligible persons who live or work in Columbia County:

Mist-Birkenfeld Rural Fire Protection District, 12525 OR-202, Clatskanie, OR 97016. If you are eligible, click here to schedule. Call Columbia County Public Health at 503-397-7247 or Mist-Birkenfeld Fire at 503-755-2710 if you need help. (Moderna)

Vernonia Rural Fire Protection District, 555 E Bridge St, Vernonia, OR 97064. If you are eligible, click here to schedule. Call Columbia County Public Health at 503-397-7247 or Mist-Birkenfeld Fire at 503-755-2710 if you need help. (Moderna)

American Legion in Clatskanie 930 NE 5th Street Clatskanie, OR 97016 If you are eligible, click here to schedule. Call Columbia County Public Health at 503-397-7247 or Mist-Birkenfeld Fire at 503-755-2710 if you need help.(Moderna)

Legacy Medical Group - St Helens,475 S Columbia River Hwy #100, St Helens, OR 97051. If you are eligible, click here to schedule. Call Columbia County Public Health at 503-397-7247 if you need help. (Moderna)

OHSU Family Medicine in Scappoose. If you are eligible, click here to schedule. Call 833-647-8222 for help scheduling. Please do not call the local clinic number to schedule. The webpage notes which vaccine will be used. 

OHSU Hillsboro Stadium 4450 NE Century Blvd, Hillsboro, OR 97124 If you are eligible, click here to schedule. Reach the OHSU call center at 833-647-8222 for help with scheduling, weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Fred Meyer, 51501 Columbia River Hwy, Scappoose, OR 97056. If you are eligible, click here to schedule. Fred Meyer schedules appointments through their online scheduling system.

Columbia River Fire & Rescue, 270 Columbia Blvd, St Helens, OR 97051. These appointments are reserved for homebound individuals. Columbia County is scheduling eligible individuals who have filled out our vaccination interest form. Call 503-397-7247 if you need help filling out the form.

Adventist Vernonia, 1005 Cougar St, Vernonia, OR 97064. Columbia County is scheduling eligible individuals who have filled out our vaccination interest form. Call 503-397-7247 if you need help filling out the form.

Community Health Center of Clatskanie. This is a federally-qualified health center serving Clatskanie and the surrounding areas. Residents may signup here to receive information about vaccination opportunities.
https://www.yvfwc.com/covid-19-vaccination-news/

Get Vaccinated Oregon (Oregon Convention Center). All Oregonians can sign up to be notified about vaccination events when they are eligible at the Get Vaccinated Oregon (GVO) signup tool. The GVO signup tool can be found at covidvaccine.oregon.gov.

On a weekly basis, the Oregon Health Authority sends eligible names to All4Oregon to match the number of vaccination appointments available for scheduling. All4Oregon will then contact individuals to schedule their appointment.

Local and regional pharmacies through the federal retail pharmacy program. These are the websites to schedule appointments. Appointment availability is currently very limited but expected to increase over the next 2-3 weeks.

Vaccinefinder.org seeks to capture all local pharmacies so you can look in one place.

Have mobility issues? Don't have regular access to the internet, computer, or smartphone? 

  • 211: You can call 211 or 1-866-698-6155, which is open from 6am to 7pm daily, including holidays. Please be aware that wait times may be long due to high call volume.
  • Columbia County Public Health Department will assist you with vaccination registration.  Please call 503-397-7247

Can I get vaccinated at my local pharmacy?

Limited vaccination appointments will be available for eligible individuals at local pharmacies starting the week of February 15.

Local and regional pharmacies through the federal retail pharmacy program. This can include Safeway, Albertons, Costco, and Walgreens. Not all locations are participating at this time. To find a location near you, visit Vaccinefinder.org.

For more information on the Federal Pharmacy Retail Pharmacy Program for COVID-19 Vaccine, please check out the CDC's webpage→

Need transportation?

Columbia Pacific Coordinated Care Organization (CPCCO) members can click this link→

Dial-A-Ride through Columbia County Rider (CC Rider)

Download and complete the Dial-a-Ride registration form→

Mail or email the completed form to:

CC Rider

1155 Deer Island Road

St Helens, OR  97051

ccriderinfo@columbiacountyor.gov

Call their dispatch at 503-366-0159 (6:30am – 6:30pm) to schedule your pick-up. Please schedule your pick-up as far a head of your appointment as possible. 

Columbia County Rider – NW Connector 

What is Columbia's role in COVID-19 vaccination?

The county's primary role is to ensure access to vaccine by all people who want it. This does not mean that we will be doing a lot of vaccinations ourselves. In fact, the county itself expects to vaccinate just 5-10% of the population through vaccine clinics for people not well served through healthcare systems and pharmacies. We will plan these clinics with community partners with an equity lens for those who have been affected by COVID-19 disproportionately (Latinx and BIPOC communities) and those who have limited access due to homelessness or poverty.

How much does the vaccine cost?

The federal government will cover the cost of the COVID-19 vaccine. Please note that your health care provider will likely charge an office visit fee or a fee to give the vaccine. Health insurance is required to cover these fees. Providers should administer the vaccine regardless of a patient’s ability to pay.  

I'm a veteran. How do I get my vaccine?


The VA is handling vaccination of veterans according to the federal schedule. You can find more details on their website.

How do I get my second dose?

The agency that provided your first vaccine will communicate with you about how to get your second dose. Please be sure to provide contact information when you get your first dose.

Once I get vaccinated, how long until I am protected?

Once you receive your first vaccine you will need to make a plan to receive your second dose. Often the provider of the first will have a plan in place for the second. The second vaccine can be given in three (Pfizer) or four (Moderna) weeks. After your second dose, it takes your body 2-3 weeks to build up the antibodies needed to protect you. 

Once fully vaccinated, both vaccines provide you with about 95% protection, but it is unclear if it protects those around you. While you are unlikely to get sick, you may still be able to carry the virus. Please continue to wear a mask and wash your hands regularly.

What is herd immunity (or community immunity)?

Herd immunity, or community immunity, happens when enough people are immune to an infectious disease through vaccination or prior illness to make its spread from person to person unlikely. Experts estimate that herd immunity would require a large percent of the population to have COVID-19 immunity, either through prior infection or vaccination. That's why experts are encouraging the public to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

Can my organization provide vaccines to our staff?

If your organization has more than 100 people and staff licensed to vaccinate, you can enroll as a vaccine provider (click on "vaccine planning").

Additional Resources



Questions

General FAQ

General vaccine questions: COVID19.Vaccine@dhsoha.state.or.us

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General Public Health Inquiries and 24-hour Emergency Contact: 503-397-7247
Fax: 888-204-8568
Emergencies: Dial 911
Location
230 Strand St.
Columbia County Courthouse Annex
St. Helens,
OR
97051

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8:30 a.m. to 5:00
Administrator
Michael Paul