The time is NOW to get your COVID-19 Vaccine!! Vaccines are plentiful for everyone!!!
Today, OHA announced that cases and hospitalizations are increasing at an uncontrolled rate in Oregon. The state expects to reach critical level of 300 COVID-19 hospitalizations in a few days. The current COVID-19 hospitalizations are in people who are younger and have not been vaccinated. The pandemic modeling shows that this may be the last time we will have to implement the strong restrictions – but only if we can get more people vaccinated. There are a few reasons behind this rise in cases:
- Variants of the virus are taking hold in Oregon
- Vaccination rates are slowing down
- People are relaxing their practices. It is still very important to mask up, washup and back up from people who are not vaccinated and/or not in your householdThe time is NOW to get your vaccine to stop this surge!!One of the roles of Public Health is to provide scientific, peer reviewed information to empower people to make informed decisions regarding their health and the health of their families. This is exactly why we fully support getting a COVID-19 vaccine. From the Centers for Disease Control all the way down to your local health department there are experts who have spent their careers studying and asking those same questions about health. The good news is that there is overwhelming consensus worldwide that the vaccines have great power against the virus. VACCINES ARE SAFE AND ABSOLUTELY SAFE AND NECESSARY TO END THIS PANDEMIC!Maybe you are still on the fence about whether this vaccine is right for you. You are a healthy skeptic and want to make an informed decision. So, let’s look at some very important benefits of getting the COVID-19 vaccine: you are much less likely to become ill and much less likely to pass the virus on to someone else.
- If you are fully vaccinated and exposed to the virus you won’t have to miss work.
• You can visit with other fully vaccinated people indoors without wearing masks or physical distancing.
2. Your risk of getting sick, severely ill or dying plummets falls to almost zero. This vaccine is extremely effective, even more so than flu, chicken pox and several childhood vaccines.
3. Vaccines will end the pandemic. The Oregon Health Authority states that we need a critical mass of people vaccinated to start reopening more activities and businesses July 4th. This means at least 80% of people need to be vaccinated as quickly as possible.
- Visit with unvaccinated people from a single household who are at low risk for severe COVID-19 disease indoors without wearing masks or physical distancing,
- Resume domestic travel and refrain from testing before or after travel or self- quarantine after travel.
- Refrain from testing before leaving the United States for international travel (unless required by the destination) and refrain from self-quarantine after arriving back in the United States.Vaccine Clinic UpdatesEveryone 16 and older is eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. However, our clinics are not filling up. We have opened our clinics to walk-ins to help those who have schedules that change frequently. The walk-in options are available at any Lincoln County Commons (Fairgrounds) clinic and at the St. Clair Taft Fire station clinics. Samaritan is also testing a walk-in program on Saturday morning at their Newport Center for Health Education clinic by the hospital.Public Health and local community organizations are planning mobile outreach clinics closer to where you live or work. Businesses, agencies and organizations have been contacted to see if they would like to host one of these events.
- Since vaccines are much more available now, we urge you to get vaccinated as soon as you can so that we can stop the spread of the new variants and prevent the creation of new, more dangerous mutations in the virus.
- Check our website frequently for local clinics and links to pharmacies:www.co.lincoln.or.us/hhs/page/covid-19-vaccination-clinics
- Contact our call center for assistance, Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm. Email LincolnCoCallCenter@co.lincoln.or.us or call us at 541-265-0621. If you need help with Samaritan Clinics, call 855-441-2311
- Get instant notifications of new clinics added. Sign up for: www.GetVaccinated.Oregon.gov