Getting your vaccine: What to know before you go

The COVID-19 vaccine supply is limited, but more people are becoming eligible to get immunized. If you are eligible, planning ahead before going to a vaccine clinic will help you be better prepared. Getting vaccinated provides hope, but please be patient as well. Here’s what you should know before scheduling an appointment at a vaccination site or event:

  • Please do not call your health care provider or local hospital to find out where to get a vaccine. Find a vaccine event near you.
  • Confirm that the event or site is accepting people in your eligibility group.
  • Make an appointment if it’s required.
  • Wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth.
  • The COVID-19 vaccine will be free, and you do not need health insurance. If you have health insurance, please bring your insurance card. The vaccine provider may charge a vaccine administration fee to your insurance.
  • You should receive a vaccination card that tells you when to get your second dose. You should get your second dose from the site where you received your first.

For more information visit or call 211.

This article first appeared in the Jan. 26, 2021 issue of Oregon Coronavirus Update.