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COVID-19 vaccine: Frequently Asked Questions

Here's everything you need to know about the COVID-19 vaccine.

Posted: Jan 26, 2021 2:11 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- The COVID-19 vaccine has been rolling out across the state since mid-December but questions still remain. 

How can I get the COVID-19 vaccine?

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 state timeline of when certain groups will become eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, CLICK HERE.


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.

SOURCE: CDC


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.​

SOURCE: CDC


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.

SOURCE: CDC


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.

SOURCE: CDC


Will a COVID-19 vaccine alter my DNA?

No. COVID-19 mRNA vaccines do not change or interact with your DNA in any way.

SOURCE: CDC


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.

SOURCE: CDC


Learn more about the U.S. COVID-19 Vaccination Program from the CDC.


Below is a video from the CDC explaining the symptoms of COVID-19:

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 154878

Reported Deaths: 2206
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Multnomah31824528
Washington21099212
Marion18373285
Clackamas13328175
Lane10200126
Jackson8315111
Umatilla763982
Deschutes593459
Yamhill376764
Linn357756
Malheur334458
Polk303942
Klamath278455
Douglas244754
Josephine232849
Benton232516
Jefferson195128
Coos144019
Union128119
Columbia124821
Wasco122026
Lincoln112820
Hood River106429
Morrow104614
Clatsop7756
Crook77518
Baker6507
Curry4246
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Lake3746
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