Public Health

COVID-19 Vaccines

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.

Vaccines will be given out in 3 phases of priority. When a phase is eligible to get the vaccine Cow Creek will notify the public. A patient who wants the vaccine and is eligible can call one of the Clinics for an appointment. You will be required to answer some general medical questions before you can be seen for a vaccine.

Questions & Answers

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).

Am I a high-risk patient? Here is a chart of all the risk categories for the CCH&WC vaccinations:

How soon can I get vaccinated? While there is no way to give a definite timeline when each phase will open up, we can estimate the number of vaccines that will be made available each month. The Tribe has already received enough vaccine to provide 200 patients inoculations. Additional shipments are already planned for every few weeks to ensure a continuous supply.

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.

If I am eligible for Phase 1, where should I get my vaccination? All Phase 1 patients should have already been contacted directly by the Cow Creek Health and Wellness Clinics and had their vaccines given at the clinic. However, if you decided initially not to receive a vaccine and now would like to receive one, please feel free to attend our mass vaccine clinics at Seven Feathers or ask your provider for a vaccine at your next appointment.

Due to the high volume of vaccines requested, the Tribe is opening an additional vaccination site at  the Seven Feathers Hotel and Resort starting January 20, 2021, Monday-Friday 9:00-5:00 pm. Once on the Seven Feathers property, please follow the signs to the back of the new hotel parking lot. We will only provide vaccines; no medical appointments will be provided at the vaccination site. All individuals will be vaccinated on a first–come, first–serve basis. Please know that this is only for the following individuals: Cow Creek Tribal members and families, Cow Creek Tribal employees and their families, and all current Cow Creek clinic patients.

If you are not a current clinic patient and want to be vaccinated, you will need to become a clinic patient. This may take 1-2 weeks to complete an application, transfer medical records, and be accepted as a new patient. After becoming a patient, you can become vaccinated at the Seven Feathers vaccination site or at the clinic per an appointment.

If you are already a Cow Creek clinic patient, and already have a recent appointment to see your provider, you can contact the Cow Creek Health and Wellness Clinic about your appointment and request additional time for a vaccine.

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.

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