ALL PERSONS AGE 12+ ARE ELIGIBLE FOR A COVID-19 VACCINE.
Pfizer is approved for ages 12 and over
Moderna is approved for ages 18 and over
Johnson & Johnson is approved for ages 18 and over.
Need a copy of your Vaccine Record?
Your immunization was recorded in the state ALERT immunization record system. If you need a copy of your vaccine information the quickest and easiest way is to complete the form below and email to firstname.lastname@example.org or print and mail to:
800 NE Oregon Street, Suite 370
Portland, Oregon 97232
You can also request a copy of records from your pharmacy or primary care provider who can access the ALERT system records.
Every person who chooses to get vaccinated brings us all a step closer to moving past the COVID-19 pandemic. As a trusted messenger to your family and friends, you can play a role in their decision to vaccinate. Here are some tips on having conversations about the COVID-19 vaccine.
1. LISTEN TO THEIR QUESTIONS WITH EMPATHY
COVID-19 vaccines are new, and it’s normal for people to have questions about them. The sheer amount of information—and misinformation—about COVID-19 vaccines can be overwhelming to anyone. You can help by listening without judgment and identifying the root of their concerns. Acknowledge their emotions so they know they have been heard.
2. ASK OPEN-ENDED QUESTIONS TO EXPLORE THEIR CONCERNS
Open-ended questions are meant to get more than a yes-or-no answer. Asking open-ended questions can help you understand what your friend or family member is worried about, where they learned any troubling information, and what they have done to get answers to their questions. For example, you can ask, “How did watching that news report make you feel? What did you do next?”
Do not be judgmental and respectfully ask questions that help you understand their concerns. For example, avoid things like, “That’s a silly concern,” or “Why would you be worried about that?”
3. ASK PERMISSION TO SHARE INFORMATION
Once you understand your friend or family member’s question or concern, ask if you can provide some information, tell them where you get information you trust and be careful not to push information on them. You can find answers to common questions from reputable sources, including the CDC, the FDA, Oregon Health Authority, Lane County Public Health, or other trusted sources such as their doctor, nurse, or pharmacist. Lane County is hosting Doctor’s office hours on Facebook where they can attend virtually and ask questions of local providers.
Sometimes, sharing quick, accurate answers to common concerns your family or friends might have can go a long way toward moving someone from worry to confidence. If you don’t know the answer to their questions, consider offering to help look for information.
4. HELP THEM FIND THEIR OWN REASON TO GET VACCINATED
Everyone who chooses to get vaccinated does it for a reason—to protect their family, to protect their children, to be less anxious, to visit their parents, or to get back to activities like seeing friends, resuming work, or returning to school. After addressing concerns with empathy, respect and facts, you can steer the conversation from “why not” to the important reasons that matter to them—their “why.” You may choose to share your reasons for getting vaccinated or discuss common goals you may have, like visiting with each other safely. The reasons that someone may choose to get vaccinated will always be those that are most compelling to them personally.
5. HELP MAKE THEIR VACCINATION HAPPEN
Once someone decides on their “why,” help them make a commitment to get vaccinated. Help make the path to vaccination shorter, easier, and less stressful for them. Offer to help your family member or friend make a vaccination appointment at a location nearby and, if needed, go with them to the appointment. Offer to help with transportation or to babysit if they need childcare. Upcoming walk-in clinics and appointment scheduling are available here.