Vaccination is one tool to help us end the pandemic.
Vaccines at CMH
All approved COVID vaccines and boosters are available at the CMH Outpatient Pharmacy in Astoria and the CMH Community Pharmacy in Seaside. You do not need to be a CMH patient to schedule a COVID vaccine appointment at the pharmacy. They may even have walk-in availability. If you have questions, you can call them here:
Vaccines are also available during CMH Primary Care and CMH Pediatric Clinic appointments.
Clatsop County testing sites
If you need to get tested for COVID-19, make an appointment with the CMH COVID-19 Testing Lab, 503.338.4656. Appointments are available M-F, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with a break for lunch from noon to 12:30 p.m. There is no walk-in testing availability.
- COVID-19 Testing Facilities and Vaccination Sites in Clatsop County (06/10/2021)
- COVID-19 Alternative Testing and Vaccination Sites in Clatsop County – Store Pharmacies (06/10/2021)
- CDC COVID-19 Vaccine Resources
- OHA Vaccination Groups
- OHA COVID-19 Vaccine Updates (Vacunas contra el COVID-19)
Why should I vaccinate?
Vaccination is the safest way to develop immunity to COVID-19. Getting vaccinated keeps yourself, your family and your community healthy.
Vaccines help your immune system fight infections better and faster. When you get a vaccine, it sparks your immune response. This helps your body fight off and remember the germ so it can attack it if the germ ever invades again. Your immune system response can sometimes make you feel tired or ill for a few days after getting vaccinated. This is a sign that your body is learning how to fight the virus.
The most common side effects after vaccination are mild. They include:
- Pain, swelling or redness where the shot was given.
- Mild fever.
- Feeling tired.
- Muscle and joint aches.
- Fainting, although uncommon, can happen after any medical procedure, including vaccinations.
Vaccine safety and effectiveness
The COVID-19 vaccines have been tested for safety and were approved by the U.S Food and Drug Administration. Studies show that they are 95% effective at preventing illness. Even if you do get COVID-19, the vaccine may keep you from getting seriously ill.
It's important that everyone gets vaccinated so we can achieve community immunity. Together we can stop this pandemic!
I am encouraging all recipients who receive the vaccine to enroll in v-safe. This is a smartphone tool you can use to tell CDC if you have any side effects after getting a COVID-19 vaccine. If you report serious side effects, someone from CDC will call to follow up. I will give you instructions for how to enroll.
All COVID-19 vaccines were tested in clinical trials involving tens of thousands of people to make sure they meet safety standards and protect adults of different ages, races, and ethnicities. There were no serious safety concerns. CDC and the FDA will keep monitoring the vaccines to look for safety issues after they are authorized and in use.
Because all COVID-19 vaccines are new, it will take more time and more people getting vaccinated to learn about very rare or possible long-term side effects. The good news is, at least eight (8) weeks’ worth of safety data were gathered in the clinical trials for all the authorized vaccines, and it’s unusual for vaccine side effects to appear more than eight (8) weeks after vaccination.
There may be side effects, but they should go away within a few days. Possible side effects include a sore arm, headache, fever, or body aches. This does not mean you have COVID-19. Side effects are signs that the vaccine is working to build immunity. If they don’t go away in a week, or you have more serious symptoms, call your doctor.
Currently authorized vaccines, and most vaccines under development, require two doses of vaccine. The first shot helps the immune system recognize the virus, and the second shot strengthens the immune response. You need both to get the best protection.
No. While you may have some short-term antibody protection after recovering from COVID-19, we don't know how long this protection lasts. Vaccination is the best protection, and it is safe. People who get COVID-19 can have serious illnesses, and some have debilitating symptoms that persist for months.
Yes. COVID-19 vaccination is especially important for people with underlying health problems like heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, and obesity. People with these conditions are more likely to get very sick from COVID-19.
Children ages 6 months and up are now able to receive COVID-19 vaccines.
Yes. CDC recommends that you get vaccinated even if you have already had COVID-19, because you can catch it more than once. While you may have some short-term antibody protection after recovering from COVID-19, we don't know how long this protection will last.
No. None of the COVID-19 vaccines currently authorized for use or in development in the United States use the live virus that causes COVID-19. However, it typically takes a few weeks for the body to build immunity after vaccination. That means it’s possible you could be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 just before or just after vaccination and get sick.
We strongly recommend you get vaccinated. The vaccine will help protect you from getting COVID-19. If you still get infected after you get vaccinated, the vaccine may prevent serious illness. By getting vaccinated, you can also help protect people around you.