On this page:
- Remaining "up to date" on your COVID-19 vaccinations
- Different Brands of Vaccine
- Vaccine Eligibility
- Vaccine Locations
Since the beginning of this pandemic in early 2020, there has been a worldwide effort to produce an effective COVID-19 vaccine which could safely prevent the spread of this virus. Less than a year later, as a product of that unprecedented effort, worldwide cooperation, and previous scientific breakthroughs, many vaccines against COVID-19 were created, and three were authorized for use in the United States. These vaccines are all very safe and extremely effective.
If you haven’t yet been vaccinated, you can do so today, for free, at many locations in Benton County, no health insurance or identification needed.
When vaccines against COVID-19 were first becoming available early in 2021, there was a lot of talk about what it meant to be “fully vaccinated.” This term meant that it had been at least two weeks since you had completed your primary series of a COVID-19 vaccine: Either two doses for Pfizer or Moderna, or your single dose of Johnson & Johnson.
Since that time, there have been a number of changes. “Up to date” means, in the simplest terms, that you have received every dose of the COVID-19 vaccine that you are eligible for. The table below gives specific guidance on who is and is not considered up to date on their vaccinations.
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For individuals 6 months to 4 years old:
For individuals 5-49 years old:
For individuals 50 years or older:
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For individuals 50 years or older:
There are currently three COVID-19 vaccinations authorized for use in the United States: Pfizer's BioNTech and Comirnaty, Moderna/Spikevax, and Johnson & Johnson. All three were originally authorized by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) using an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA), Pfizer and Moderna in December 2020 and Johnson & Johnson in February 2021. Pfizer’s vaccine, Comirnity, was granted full approval by the FDA for use by individuals 16 years or older, while the original BioNTech vaccine remains available for those 6 months and older under the EUA. Moderna’s vaccine has also been granted full approval for anyone 18 years and older under the name Spikevax, and in June 2022 received and EUA for use in children 6 months to 17 years old. Johnson & Johnson is also seeking full approval by the FDA.
The Pfizer/Comirnaty, Moderna/Spikevax, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are not interchangeable for your primary vaccination. If you receive a first dose of Pfizer or Moderna, your second dose must be the same brand.
- Administered in a two dose series, the second dose is given 21 days after the first dose. Doses can be delayed to reduce the risk of myocarditis: speak to your medical provider to learn more. Comirnaty is fully approved by the FDA for use in people 16 years or older, and the BioNTech vaccine is still authorized for use in people 5 years and older under an EUA. Ask your provider which vaccine is being used. A booster dose is recommended for everyone 5 and older at least 5 months after completing the primary series. A second booster is authorized for people 50 and older or are 12-49 years old with an immunocompromising condition. For more information, please review the Pfizer-BioNTech fact sheets.
- For children 6 months to 4 years old, Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine is a three dose series, with the second dose given 21 days after the first dose, and the third dose given 2 months after the second dose.
- Administered in a two dose series, the second dose is given 28 days after the first dose. Doses can be delayed to reduce the risk of myocarditis: speak to your medical provider to learn more. Spikevax is fully approved by the FDA for use in people 18 years or older. A booster dose is recommended for everyone 18 or older at least 5 months after completing the primary series. A second booster is authorized for people 50 and older or are 12-49 years old with an immunocompromising condition. For more information, please review the Moderna/Spikevax fact sheet.
- For children 6 months to 6 years old, Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine is a two dose series, with the second dose given 28 days after the first dose.
- Johnson & Johnson/Janssen
- Administered in a single dose, and is authorized under an EUA for use in people 18 years old or older. A booster dose is recommended at least 2 months after completing the primary series. A second booster is authorized for people who have only received a primary and booster dose of Johnson & Johnson, and for people 50 and older or are immunocompromised, but must be an mRNA vaccine: either Pfizer or Moderna. For more information, please review the Johnson & Johnson fact sheet.
- The FDA has limited the authorized use of this vaccine to individuals 18 years of age and older who cannot receive another authorized COVID-19 vaccine, or who choose the Johnson & Johnson vaccine because they would otherwise not receive a COVID-19 vaccine. This change is due to updated analyses on the risks of a rare clotting issue, though it was determined that the benefits of the vaccine still outweigh the risks when another vaccine is not an option
A booster for all three brands of vaccine have now been approved by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Oregon Health Authority. For more information, please check here.
Currently, everyone 6 months or older is eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, and a booster dose is recommended for anyone over 5 years old. Children ages 6 months to 14 years old must have the written approval of a parent or guardian to be vaccinated. A second booster is authorized for people 50 years or older, and people ages 12-49 with moderate to severe immunocompromising conditions. Speak with your medical provider if you are unsure if you should get a second booster.
The COVID-19 vaccine is free, even if you do not have health insurance. You do not need to be a United States citizen or resident or live permanently in Oregon to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, and no identification is required.
Earlier this year when supplies were limited, most COVID-19 vaccinations happened at mass vaccination clinics like the ones held at Reser Stadium. Today, the vaccine is widely available at retail pharmacies, medical providers, and at smaller vaccination events around Benton County.
Not sure where the closest location is for you or having difficulty finding an available appointment? Check our list of medical offices and pharmacies that offer the vaccine, our upcoming clinics, or you can check these websites: getvaccinated.oregon.gov and vaccines.gov. You can also text ORVAX to 898211, or call 541-766-6120 for further assistance.