Public Health

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.

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

For all vaccine related questions, please call 541-677-5535.

Primary and Booster Doses, Adults Ages 18 and older:

Cow Creek Public Health is offering drive-thru Moderna (two-shot primary series and booster doses) vaccinations with no appointment necessary for adults (age 18+) on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM (last vaccine at 12:45PM) at 2360 NE Stephens Street in Roseburg, across from the Tribal Government offices.

CCPH will pause administering Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose COVID vaccine following recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control that show a clinical preference for MRNA (Moderna, Pfizer) vaccines due to their efficacy and safety. Click here for more info from the CDC.

Primary Doses, Pediatric Ages 5-11:

Cow Creek Public Health is offering drive-thru Pfizer (two-shot primary series) vaccinations with no appointment necessary for children (ages 5-11) on Fridays from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM (last vaccine at 12:45PM) at 2360 NE Stephens Street in Roseburg, across from the Tribal Government offices.

At this time, we advise community members ages 12 and older who would like a Pfizer vaccine to find a community provider or pharmacy equipped with that vaccine.

Are you a Cow Creek Health and Wellness established patient? CCHWC is offering vaccines at the North Clinic in Roseburg on Tuesdays and Thursdays by appointment. Please call 541-672-8533 (press #3 for North Clinic) to schedule your appointment.

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.

Due to staff limitations, CCPH is unable to vaccinate anyone with severe medical risks (such as history of heart attacks, epilepsy, previous allergic reactions to vaccines, etc.).

How to Get Tested

  • 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 Clinic in Roseburg, 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

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

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