COVID-19: What to Know

Protecting Our Community

We are committed to helping patients access the most up-to-date information and resources on COVID-19, including vaccine and testing eligibility. Learn more below.

We do not take walk-ins but do schedule vaccination appointments by phone. If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, seek emergency medical care immediately and do not wait for a COVID-19 testing appointment: trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, inability to wake or stay awake, or pale, gray, or blue lips.

Schedule Your Vaccine

Patients and community members in Oregon can call NHC to schedule a COVID-19 vaccination, booster, third or fourth dose, or testing appointment. We have advice nurses available who can answer your COVID-19 questions.

Vaccines

Primary Two-Dose Series

NHC offers COVID-19 vaccines to everyone six months and older. These vaccines are safe and effective, given as a two-dose primary series, and given three to four weeks apart, depending on the vaccine brand.

boosters

The CDC recommends everyone five and older receive a COVID-19 booster vaccine five months after the completion of their primary series. Pfizer boosters are available to those five and older, and Moderna boosters are available to those 18 and older.

Updated bivalent boosters are available to patients five and older who received their last vaccine at least two months ago or at least three months after a COVID-19 infection.

additional doses

Additional vaccine doses are strongly recommended for those six months and older who have undergone solid organ transplants or are seriously immunocompromised.  Third dose vaccines are offered 28 days after the completion of their primary two-dose series, and fourth dose vaccines are available for those 12 and older who received their third dose at least three months ago.

NHC can help you determine what vaccinations you are eligible to receive based on your age and current state of wellness.

Testing

Yes, you can get tested if you are experiencing one or more of these symptoms:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea;

OR

You have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19

OR

You have been required to be tested for an upcoming medical procedure

No, you cannot get tested, if you:

  • Need a COVID-19 testing for travel
  • Have tested positive for COVID-19 and need proof of a negative test to return to work. Instead of retesting, NHC will provide a letter you can provide to your employer. The letter will outline the recommendations for allowing a previously infected employee to return to work.

Find a COVID-19 testing site near you at the Oregon State's COVID-19 testing page.

Resources

Oregon Health Authority offers testing options, resources for those who test positive, and the latest COVID numbers in Oregon State. 

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) provides COVID vaccine and testing guidance, science updates, and best practices for staying safe. 

Additional resources from the CDC for immunocompromised individuals can be found here.

John's Hopkins University & Medicine Coronavirus Resource Center highlights COVID trends, efforts, and research worldwide.

Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) provides tools, local resources, and information for Oregonians.

Free N95 Masks

N95 masks are available upon request at no cost to patients 

Ask the receptionist at your next appointment to receive three masks per patient, including other patients in your household. 

Keeping You Safe in Our Clinics

We have a number of measures in place to keep patients, visitors, and staff safe in our clinics:

  • All patients, ages two and over, must wear a mask while at NHC clinics
  • We ask patients to limit guests to two or fewer
  • Extra time between appointments to allow for added cleaning and disinfecting
  • Reduction of physical contact between staff and patients
  • Staff wear masks and other personal protective equipment (PPE) when caring for patients; these include gowns, face shields, and gloves when needed