EUGENE, Ore. -- The COVID-19 vaccine has been rolling out across the state since mid-December but questions still remain.
How can I get a COVID-19 vaccine appointment?
With more and more groups now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine and Oregon approaching April 19 when all residents 16 and up will be able to get in line, knowing how to get an appointment is more important than ever. For information on how to get your vaccine, CLICK HERE.
Below is a list of counties in our area. Select a link to learn more about each county's vaccine plan and when you could get vaccinated.
To view the current, accelerated eligibility timeline, CLICK HERE.
Additional statewide COVID-19 information can be found on Oregon Health Authority's website.
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Can a COVID-19 vaccine make me sick with COVID-19?
No. None of the authorized and recommended COVID-19 vaccines or COVID-19 vaccines currently in development in the United States contain the live virus that causes COVID-19. This means that a COVID-19 vaccine cannot make you sick with COVID-19.
After getting a COVID-19 vaccine, will I test positive for COVID-19 on a viral test?
No. Neither the recently authorized and recommended vaccines nor the other COVID-19 vaccines currently in clinical trials in the United States can cause you to test positive on viral tests, which are used to see if you have a current infection.
If I have already had COVID-19 and recovered, do I still need to get vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine?
Yes. Due to the severe health risks associated with COVID-19 and the fact that re-infection with COVID-19 is possible, a vaccine should be offered to you regardless of whether you already had COVID-19 infection. CDC is providing recommendations to federal, state, and local governments about who should be vaccinated first.
Will a COVID-19 vaccination protect me from getting sick with COVID-19?
Yes. COVID-19 vaccination works by teaching your immune system how to recognize and fight the virus that causes COVID-19, and this protects you from getting sick with COVID-19.
Will a COVID-19 vaccine alter my DNA?
No. COVID-19 mRNA vaccines do not change or interact with your DNA in any way.
Who is at most risk of getting COVID-19?
Older people and people of all ages with severe underlying health conditions — like heart disease, lung disease and diabetes, for example — seem to be at higher risk of developing serious COVID-19 illness.
Below is a video from the CDC explaining the symptoms of COVID-19: