It’s important that everyone is vaccinated and boosted to achieve community immunity. Please continue safety measures to keep the virus from spreading: wear a mask in crowded areas or where community transmission of COVID-19 is high, wash your hands, 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.
The FDA and CDC have approved and recommended that anyone age 5 and older who received their primary vaccine series should receive the updated bivalent COVID-19 booster in order to protect against emerging strains of the virus, including Omicron.
In order to find out if you or someone you know is up to date with COVID-19 vaccines and boosters, click here to visit the CDC website and scroll down to “Find Out When You Can Get Your Booster” to begin their step-by-step process.
Effective January 1, 2023: Due to decreased demand, the Cow Creek Public Health Mobile Vaccine Drive-Thru Site is closed. Patients of Cow Creek Health and Wellness are able to make an appointment to receive a vaccine, booster or flu shot:
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 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.
Rapid antigen testing for COVID-19 is available for:
Testing is provided at:
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.
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:
Throughout the rest of your body:
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:
To reduce discomfort from fever: