Updated Information about Vaccinations
This Washington County Health and Human Services website is a good starting point for finding the vaccination sites in Washington County: https://www.co.washington.or.us/HHS/CommunicableDiseases/COVID-19/vaccine.cfm
You can see a Vaccine Eligibility chart and information about finding a vaccination site. Make sure you frequently check this website for additional vaccination sites.
- One vaccination site is the Oregon Convention Center. The linkhttps://getvaccinated.oregon.gov/#/ takes you to a website where you first need to fill out a form. If you are eligible you have to wait for your name come to up in the selecting process. This is not a “first come first served” process ̶ the names will be randomly selected. You will be notified by phone call or email.
- For seniors with mobility problems, persons with a disability, or caregivers of individuals with disabilities, OHSU Drive-through Clinics are available at the Hillsboro Stadium and the PDX Airport Red Economy Lot. Follow this link and use the scheduling tool in the lower right corner to find out about your eligibility: https://covidvaccine.oregon.gov/
Once your eligibility is confirmed, use this link to schedule your appointment: https://www.ohsu.edu/health/covid-19-vaccines-information-and-appointments
New appointments are released Mondays and Thursdays at 9:00 am.
- Local pharmacies are now offering vaccinations. The links below will connect you to Safeway, Albertsons, Costco, and Walgreens vaccination signup sites.
You can also try to call Walgreens at 1-800-WALGREENS
The Janssen/Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine has received Emergency Use Authorization from the FDA for persons 18 years of age or older. This is great news because this vaccine can achieve immunity after only one dose (Hurray!). Also, it can be stored in a refrigerator as opposed to the very rigorous frozen storage requirement of the Pfizer and the Moderna vaccines, which will make distribution a lot easier and faster.
As President Biden has said “We’re now on track to have enough vaccine supply for every adult in America by the end of May.”
Let’s talk about masks!
Masks are a very important part of combating the COVID-19 pandemic along with staying at least 6 feet away from people not in your household, avoiding crowds, and getting vaccinated when your group is eligible.
Here are some general guidelines. Masks should:
- Fit snugly against the sides of your face and not have any gaps,
- Be made of a material that is breathable; they should not be made of a material this isn’t breathable, and
- have exhalation valves or vents that allow the viral particles to escape.
- Some people should not wear masks, including children under 2 years old and anyone who has a disability or underlying medical condition that precludes wearing a mask.
- Cloth masks should be made of multiple layers of tightly woven, breathable fabric. If you hold the mask up to a bright light source, you should not be able to see the light through the mask. Cloth masks should be washed regularly in warm or hot water and detergent.
- Surgical masks (disposable face masks, medical procedure masks) should be made of multi-layered, non-woven material (check the label or packaging). These masks are not washable and should be thrown away once they have been worn or are dirty.
- KN95 masks/respirators are commonly made in China. Unless these masks meet requirements similar to those set by CDC’s NIOSH (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health), you should assume that these masks are comparable to cloth masks. They should be worn for lower-risk activities, such as grocery shopping and going for walks. These masks are not washable and should be thrown away once they have been worn or are dirty.
- N95 respirators are intended only for healthcare workers.
- should be made of 2 layers or should be folded to make 2 layers.
- Face shields without an additional mask worn underneath are not recommended at this time.
- A good combination of masks is a cloth mask over a surgical/disposable mask.
- Do not wear 2 surgical/disposable masks together.
- Do not combine a KN95 mask with any other type of mask.
The appropriate way to wear face masks is illustrated by this very good dog — he eventually got it right!
Questions? Contact us!
Email P2R@uuccwc.groups.io if you have any questions or want to understand more about the biology and background of the vaccine. We’ll do our best to send an answer as quickly as possible.
If you are diagnosed with COVID-19, please send a confidential email to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org so that they can check in with you and see if you need anything.
Please stay safe and be kind! We can get through these difficult times by helping each other.
Your Path to Reopening (P2R) Committee
Mark Bischoff Bill Ellis Ed Gallaher
Lisa Lake Annie Raich Zsuzsa Vamos