Getting your COVID-19 vaccine

NHC will follow the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) guidelines for vaccine roll-out.

All NHC patients who are MyChart users may now elect to schedule their vaccination appointment using MyChart. If you do not have a MyChart account or if you would like to become an NHC patient, please contact us at 503.941.3197. You will be asked to leave a voicemail and someone will return your call shortly to assist.

Patients can also call 503.848.5847 to reach the COVID Hotline and schedule a COVID-19 vaccination appointment.

Who is eligible for the vaccine now? All Oregonians 12 and older are eligible.

NHC will be following federal guidelines for COVID-19 boosters and will not administer booster doses of COVID-19 vaccine outside of the federal guidelines.

We will keep this page updated as we receive doses and continue vaccinating NHC patients. You can also follow our Facebook and Twitter accounts for news and updates.

To learn more about Oregon’s vaccine availability and roll-out, visit the Oregon Health Authority’s web page.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is able to get COVID-19 vaccine?

All people 12 years of age or older are eligible to receive the vaccine.

How much will the vaccine cost?

There is no charge to patients for the COVID-19 vaccine. Patient insurance information may be collected at your visit.

Which vaccine has full FDA approval?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration fully approved the vaccine that has been known as the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine, and will now be marketed as Comirnaty (koe-mir’-na-tee), for the prevention of COVID-19 disease in individuals 16 years of age and older. The fully approved vaccine is marketed as Comirnaty because as part of the approval process, the vaccine gets a brand name approved for use in the U.S.

What is the difference between a third COVID vaccine dose and a booster dose?

The Oregon Health Authority states that a “third dose is specifically for individuals who are moderately to severely immunocompromised and may not have built up an adequate protective immune response with their first series of vaccinations. Currently, the only authorized third doses are for the Moderna and Pfizer Comirnaty vaccines. The recommendation is for immunocompromised individuals to receive a third dose of the same mRNA vaccine at least 28 days after receiving the second dose in the series.”

At this time, another dose of Johnson & Johnson or an mRNA vaccine is not recommended for immunocompromised individuals who have already received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. These recommendations will be reviewed as the data becomes available.

“A booster dose is for people whose immunity may be fading after they complete their first vaccination series. There is currently no COVID-19 vaccine authorized as a booster. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the CDC will examine data on the safety and efficacy of booster doses in order to issue guidance, which will inform recommendations in Oregon.”

I am high risk. Should I get the vaccine?

Yes. Adults of any age with certain underlying medical conditions are at increased risk for severe illness from the virus that causes COVID-19. We recommend that everyone, who is eligible, is vaccinated as soon as it becomes available.

Are there any known side effects?

Most reported side effects are sore arm, fatigue, and lightheadedness.

It has been reported that individuals over the age of 65 have less side effects.

Please note: If you have allergies and own an EpiPen, NHC recommends bringing your EpiPen with you to your vaccination appointment.

Can infants or young children get the vaccine?

Not at this time. The Pfizer vaccine is currently authorized for people ages 12 and older, and Moderna and Johnson & Johnson is authorized for people ages 18 and older.

Do you have to get the vaccine to travel?

You will need to contact your travel provider, airline, or destination for this answer. Click here for more safety information on traveling.

Can my employer require a COVID-19 vaccine?

According to the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries, employers may require workers to get the COVID-19 vaccine — with some exceptions. Ask your employer what their requirements are. Learn more.

Can you still get COVID-19 after getting the vaccine?

Just as you can get the flu after you’ve received a flu shot, there is also a chance you can get COVID-19 after you’ve received both doses of the vaccine, but all currently authorized COVID vaccines are 85% – 98% effective at preventing severe disease and hospitalizations.

I'm pregnant. Can I get the vaccine?

Pregnant people are at increased risk for severe illness or adverse pregnancy outcomes from COVID-19. If you are pregnant and eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, you may choose to be vaccinated.

If you have questions about vaccinations and pregnancy, please contact your primary care provider. You can also learn more by visiting the CDC’s website.

How does the COVID-19 vaccine impact my DNA?

The vaccine does not affect or alter your DNA in any way.

Messenger RNA vaccines (mNRA vaccines) are a new type of vaccine that teach your cells how to make a piece of protein. The mNRA shot does not get into the nucleus of the cell, where your DNA is kept.

Learn more about how mRNA vaccines work.

Can I get COVID-19 from the vaccine?

No. According to the CDC, mRNA vaccines do not use the live virus that causes COVID-19, so they cannot give you COVID-19. Learn more.

If I've already had COVID-19 and recovered, do I still need to get vaccinated?

Yes. CDC recommends that you get vaccinated even if you have already had COVID-19 because you can be diagnosed more than once. While you may have some short-term antibody protection after recovering from COVID-19, we don’t know how long this protection will last.

Is it safe to get a COVID-19 vaccine if I have an underlying medical condition?

Yes. COVID-19 vaccination is especially important for people with underlying health problems like heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, and obesity. People with these conditions are more likely to get very sick from COVID-19.

Can I choose which vaccine I get?

Unfortunately, we don’t have the luxury to choose right now. People are encouraged to receive the earliest vaccine available to them.

Are all currently authorized COVID-19 vaccines effective?

All COVID-19 vaccines currently available in the United States have been shown to be highly effective at preventing severe illness from COVID-19. Scientists recommend you take the vaccine that you are offered. All three vaccines are safe and effective.

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