The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that people with moderately to severely compromised immune systems receive an additional dose of mRNA COVID-19 vaccine at least 28 days after a second dose of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.. This includes people who have: Been receiving active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood.

Vaccinations are our strongest tool as we work to bring an end to the COVID-19 pandemic and protect those who are most vulnerable to serious illness in our community. Information about the vaccines, eligibility, and where they can be received is below:

Las vacunas son nuestra herramienta más fuerte mientras trabajamos para poner fin a la pandemia de COVID-19 y proteger a los más vulnerables a las enfermedades graves en nuestra comunidad. La información sobre la vacuna, la elegibilidad, y donde se pueden recibir está abajo:

Grant County Health Department
Address: 528 E Main St # E, John Day, OR 97845
Phone: (541) 575-0429

Len’s Pharmacy
Address: 120 E Main St, John Day, OR 97845
Phone: (541) 575-0629

PLEASE NOTE: Currently the Pfizer vaccine is the only one approved for individuals UNDER 18 and will be used for all individuals 12 to 17 years old who want to be vaccinated. Immediate family members of those 12 to 17 years old can also receive the Pfizer vaccine at the same events.

Actualmente, la vacuna Pfizer es la única aprobada para personas menores de 18 años y se utilizará para todas las personas de 12 a 17 años que deseen vacunarse. Los familiares inmediatos de aquellos de 12 a 17 años también pueden recibir la vacuna Pfizer en los mismos eventos.

Other individuals age 18 and over who wish to be vaccinated will receive the Moderna vaccine.

Otras personas mayores de 18 años que deseen vacunarse recibirán la vacuna Moderna.

COVID-19 vaccines are the key to reopening Oregon

We all want to return to normal life as soon as possible. Safe and effective vaccines are making that return to normalcy a reality. More groups are becoming eligible for COVID-19 vaccines in the coming months. All Oregonians 12 and older are eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine. Find out if you are currently eligible by visiting getvaccinated.oregon.gov or by calling 211 (toll free).

  • Many tests and studies have shown that all the vaccines are safe.
  • Each vaccine was tested in studies with tens of thousands of volunteers to check for safety.
  • All the vaccines are effective at preventing serious illness or death from COVID-19.
  • The best vaccine is the one you can get.
  • You may be asked to provide insurance information, but you will not be charged. You can get the vaccine for free if you do not have insurance.
  • Prevent yourself and your loved ones from getting infected.
  • Make sure our community can reopen safely.
  • Put us one step closer to ending the pandemic.

The FDA has approved three COVID-19 vaccines for use in the United States. Grant County has been working closely with state partners to carefully plan vaccine distribution and communication to ensure efficient and equitable vaccination to community members. Residents living in Grant County are eligible to receive the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccine.  Everyone ages 12 and up are now eligible for the vaccine, however children under 16 must received a different vaccine which will be offered at various vaccine clinics coming up.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention, Oregon Health Authority Public Health Division (OHA), and Grant County Public Health are closely following an outbreak of a new coronavirus that began in Wuhan City, China, in December 2019. Health officials are still learning about this illness, so advice may change as more information becomes available.

What We Know

COVID-19 is a new disease caused by a novel (or new) coronavirus that has not previously been seen in humans. It is not that same as the human coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness, like the common cold. Other outbreaks of coronaviruses, like “SARS” and “MERS”, have caused serious illness.

COVID-19 spreads through person to person contact. Symptoms can be mild or severe and can include cough, fever, and trouble breathing. Older people and people with other medical conditions may be at higher risk of severe illness. It can take anywhere from 2 to 14 days for a person exposed to the virus to have symptoms.

The first reported case of this virus in the United States was in Washington State on January 21st in a person who had recently traveled to Wuhan, China. The first case in Oregon was reported on February 28, 2020, a resident of Washington County. The individual had neither a history of travel to a country where the virus was circulating, nor is believed to have had close contact with another confirmed case—the two most common sources of exposure. Oregon Health Authority is reporting on the number of persons under investigation and persons under monitoring, please visit their site for accurate information www.healthoregon.org/coronavirus.

While we are still learning about how COVID-19 affects people, older persons and persons with pre-existing medical conditions (such as high blood pressure, heart disease, lung disease, cancer or diabetes) appear to develop serious illness more often than others.

What Actions Can You Take Everyday to Prevent the Spread of the Flu, Common Cold, and COVID-19?
CDC recommends people age 2 and older should wear masks in public settings and when around people who don’t live in their household.​ CDC is still studying the effectiveness of different types of masks and will update our recommendations as new scientific evidence becomes available. Who should wear a mask:
  • Everyone 2 years of age and older should wear a mask in public settings and when they are around people who do not live in their household.
  • Wear a mask when caring for someone who is sick with COVID-19 (whether at home or in a non-healthcare setting). If you are sick with COVID-19 or think you may have COVID-19, wear a mask when you need to be around other people or animals, even in your own home.
  • CDC recognizes there are specific instances when wearing a mask may not be feasible. In these instances, consider adaptations and alternatives.
Who should not wear a mask
  • Children younger than 2 years old
  • Anyone who has trouble breathing
  • Anyone who is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance
  • Wearing masks may be difficult for some people with sensory, cognitive, or behavioral issues. If they are unable to wear a mask properly or cannot tolerate a mask, they should not wear one, and adaptations and alternatives should be considered
Schools, Childcare, Business, Long-Term Care Facilities and Faith-Based Communities

The CDC has additional guidance for schools, childcare, long-term care facilities, businesses, faith-based communities and more on how to plan a response to COVID-19. Oregon Health Authority is also providing support. Please see below for additional resources.

Long-Term Care Facilities

Centers for Disease Control has interim guidance available for long-term care facilities: Strategies to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 in Long-Term Care Facilities (LTCF)

Childcare Providers and K-12 Schools
Businesses, Community and Faith-Based Organizations
Print Resources

The CDC and Oregon Health Authority have print material available for print.

  • Oregon Health Authority, go to the section on facts sheets.  There are facts sheets, prevention tips and traveler information.  Materials are available in multiple languages. Oregon Health Authority – Covid Updates
  • Centers for Disease Control has handouts and posters available in multiple languages CDC Print Resources

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