Public Health

Cow Creek Public Health’s vaccine site will be closed due to construction from May 24th through May 30th. It will reopen with the usual hours on Tuesday, May 31st.

It’s important that everyone is vaccinated and boosted to achieve community immunity. In the meantime, please continue safety measures to keep the virus from spreading: wear a mask, physically distance from others, wash your hands, avoid gatherings and stay home when you’re sick.

If you are a Cow Creek Tribal member, you are able to make a one-time order of COVID supplies free of charge. Learn more about the program here (Tribal login required to view).

To learn more about ordering free COVID self tests from the U.S. Government, click here.

Do you have questions about vaccines, boosters, testing or COVID in general? Get in touch with Cow Creek Public Health by calling (541) 677-5535. If you have to leave a voicemail, we will call you back by the next business day if it is after-hours/weekend.

How to Get Boosted/Vaccinated

The CDC recommends adults over the age of 50, and immunocompromised individuals receive a second booster (fourth dose) to combat COVID-19.

Cow Creek Public Health can administer primary series (first and second doses) and booster (third and fourth) doses to anyone who is eligible.

Vaccines/Boosters Available:

  • Pfizer and Moderna (adults 18+)
  • Pfizer (ages 12-17)
  • Pediatric Pfizer (ages 5-11)
  • Please ask if you would also like to receive a flu shot

The Cow Creek Public Health Mobile Vaccine Drive-Thru site at 2360 NE Stephens Street in Roseburg (across the street from the Cow Creek Tribal Government Offices) is open for vaccines and boosters with no appointment necessary:

  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday from 10AM-1PM and 2PM-5PM

Cow Creek Public Health will provide a COVID-19 wellness package for each individual vaccinated at the Mobile Vaccine Drive-Thru site to thank the recipient for doing their part to keep the community safe.

Established patients of Cow Creek Health and Wellness Center may make an appointment to receive a COVID-19 vaccine or booster on Fridays only, appointment required:

  • North Clinic: 2589 NW Edenbower Boulevard in Roseburg
  • South Clinic: 480 Wartahoo Lane in Canyonville
  • Call (541) 672-8533 to schedule:
    • Press #3 for North Clinic
    • Press #4 for South Clinic

Please bring photo I.D. as well as CDC-issued vaccine card for updating. Please anticipate up to a 30-minute wait time following vaccination.

All individuals receiving their second booster (fourth dose) will be required to sign a consent form. All individuals ages 5-14 must have a parent or legal guardian present to sign a consent form.

How to Get Tested

Rapid antigen testing for COVID-19 is available for:

  • Cow Creek Tribal members, members of other federally recognized Tribes, and their direct household members
  • Employees of Cow Creek and affiliated Tribal businesses and their direct household members
  • Existing patients of Cow Creek Health & Wellness Centers

Testing is provided at:

  • Cow Creek Health and Wellness Center clinic locations
    • Roseburg: 2589 NW Edenbower Boulevard
    • Canyonville: 480 Wartahoo Lane
  • Monday through Friday 8AM-5:00PM
  • Appointments required: Call (541) 672-8533 and press #3 for North Clinic and #4 for South Clinic

Testing should be utilized for symptomatic individuals, those who have been exposed to COVID-19, or those who need clearance to return to work.

All individuals should expect to wait 30 minutes for results. There is no testing for individuals under the age of 2.

More Information

Coronavirus Variants

Are there any side-effects? The current Moderna studies show that the most common side effects included soreness, redness, or swelling around the injection site, fever, fatigue, body aches, or headache. There were no serious adverse events. These are similar side effect that you see in other vaccines.

Will I have to pay to get vaccinated? Vaccine doses are provided to the Tribe free of charge and will be given to people at no cost. However, the Tribe will charge insurance an administration fee for giving the shots to someone. But the patient will not pay any out-of-pocket cost to receive the vaccine.

Can I catch COVID-19 from the vaccine? No, this vaccine only uses a sub-part of the virus’s structure. The vaccine does not contain live virus.

Are the COVID-19 vaccines safe? COVID-19 vaccines have been evaluated extensively in large-scale clinical trials that involved more people than a typical vaccine trial. These trials involved adults from a diverse background and inclusive range of races, ethnicities and ages. COVID-19 vaccines are vetted for safety and efficacy by three independent scientific groups, including the Data Safety Monitoring Board (DSMB), the Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC) and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP).

How does the vaccine work? The vaccine is made from messenger RNA, or mRNA, which is only a sub-part of the COVID-19 virus. Inclusion of the mRNA material from the virus gives our cells instructions for how to fight the virus if we are infected in the future. The Moderna vaccine is reportedly about 95% effective after two doses.

Will I still need to wear a mask after I get the COVID-19 vaccination?  The vaccine will keep you from getting sick, but it still may be possible to get, carry, and transmit the virus. It will also take time for us to get everyone vaccinated. We don’t yet know when we’ll be able to stop wearing masks and maintaining physical distance, but experts will continue to watch the spread of the disease in Oregon. Only when the spread of disease is low enough, these additional protective measures can be stopped.

I’ve already had COVID-19 and recovered. Do I still need to get vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine when it’s available? Yes, CDC recommends that COVID-19 vaccination can be given regardless of whether you already had COVID-19 infection. However, anyone currently infected with COVID-19 should wait to get vaccinated until after their illness has resolved and after they have met the criteria to discontinue isolation. Additionally, people with a recent infection may delay vaccination until the end of that 90-day period, as immunity to the virus is still present from infection.

Does COVID-19 infection provide longer immunity than the COVID-19 vaccine? The protection someone gains from having an infection (called natural immunity) varies depending on the disease, and it varies from person to person. Current evidence suggests that reinfection with the virus that causes COVID-19 is uncommon in the 90 days after the initial infection. Regarding vaccination, we won’t know how long immunity lasts until we have more data on how long it works. However, scientists are currently working on this information now, and CDC will keep the public informed as new evidence becomes available.

What are the side effects of the vaccine?  To date, more than 55 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The real-world experience with the vaccine seems to reflect what researchers expected. For starters, side effects tend to be more common after the second dose of the vaccine.

On the arm where you got the shot:

  • Pain
  • Swelling

Throughout the rest of your body:

  • Fever
  • Tiredness
  • Chills
  • Headache

Side effects are typically more pronounced among younger people than older people, likely because their immune systems are more robust.

To reduce pain and discomfort where you got the shot:

  • Apply a clean, cool, wet washcloth over the area.
  • Use or exercise your arm.

To reduce discomfort from fever:

  • Drink plenty of fluids.
  • Dress lightly.

For general questions about COVID-19 or the COVID-19 Vaccine, please use the form below to contact the Cow Creek Public Health Department