Public Health

It’s important that everyone is vaccinated 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.

Cow Creek Public Health now has a new phone number for all questions about vaccines, boosters, and scheduling. Please call (541) 677-5535 to speak with our team. If you have to leave a voicemail, we will make every attempt to call you back within an hour, or the next business day if it is after-hours/weekend.

How to Get Vaccinated

Vaccine Booster Doses:

If you received your COVID-19 primary vaccine series from Cow Creek Public Health:

All individuals who received their first and second doses of vaccine from Cow Creek Public Health will be contacted and asked if they would like to schedule a booster dose (call (541) 677-5535 to schedule).

According to criteria defined by the CDC, all individuals are eligible for a booster dose if it has been six months or more since completing your primary series:

If you received a Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, your last vaccine was at least six months ago, and you fall into one of the below categories, you are eligible for a booster:

  • 18 years of age and older
  • At high risk of severe COVID-19
  • Frequent institutional or occupational exposure to SARS-CoV-2

If you received a Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine (COMIRNATY), your last vaccine was at least six months ago, and you fall into one of the below categories, you are eligible for a booster:

  • 18 years of age and older
  • At high risk of severe COVID-19
  • Frequent institutional or occupational exposure to SARS-CoV-2

If you received a Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, your vaccine was at least two months ago, and you are 18 years of age and older, you are eligible to receive a booster.

Disclaimer: Cow Creek Public Health cannot advise whether or not you fall into a category listed for the booster vaccine you would like to receive. You will be required to sign a consent form self-attesting that you are eligible based on the criteria for the vaccine you wish to receive.

Are you a Cow Creek Health and Wellness established patient? You may be able to receive your booster at our North or South Clinic by scheduling an appointment. Established patients should call (541) 672-8533 (press #3 for North Clinic, press #4 for South Clinic) to schedule their appointment.

If you did not receive your COVID-19 primary vaccine series from Cow Creek Public Health:

If you did not receive your primary dose series of COVID-19 vaccine from Cow Creek Public Health but would like a booster dose, please call (541) 677-5535 to be added to the waitlist.

Minor vaccinations: Teens ages 15-18 must sign a consent and self-attestation form. Children ages 5-14 must have a parent or guardian present to sign consent.

Vaccination Clinic (and free food!) on December 4th

Vaccine Primary Series:

Cow Creek Public Health is currently pausing primary dose series vaccinations for COVID-19 (Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson) in order to provide booster vaccines for individuals vaccinated with their primary series. We appreciate your patience as we transition.

More information on how to obtain your primary dose series in Douglas County can be found on the Douglas County Public Health website (click on latest press release for most current info).

How to Get Tested

  • Free community testing concluded October 8
  • Testing should be utilized for symptomatic individuals or those who have been exposed to COVID-19
  • All individuals being tested will be asked to self-attest they are being tested for medical purposes only
  • Be prepared to wait at minimum 30 minutes
  • Bring identification and insurance cards

Where: Cow Creek Health & Wellness Clinics, by appointment only

  • Must be an established patient of CCH&W, Cow Creek Tribal member or Tribal family member, member of other federally recognized Tribe, or an employee of Cow Creek or any UIDC business.
  • North Clinic: 2589 NW Edenbower Boulevard in Roseburg, call (541) 672-8533 to schedule an appointment, press #3
  • South Clinic: 480 Wartahoo Lane in Canyonville, call (541) 672-8533 to schedule an appointment, press #4

When: Monday-Friday only from 8AM-5PM (clinic location hours)

Fast-Track Your Wait Time

Want to skip the waiting? Download, fill-out, and print the following forms. Bring all the forms with you to the vaccine site and fast-track your wait time.

Vaccine Administration Management System Patient Record

Fact Sheet for Recipients and Caregivers

Getting the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine – What to Expect

Prevaccination Checklist for COVID-19 Vaccines

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