Below you will find information and resources about the COVID-19 vaccine. 

This page will continue to grow as more information is available. Please check back frequently. 

Covid-19 Vaccine: Important Information to Know

Experts at the CDC have prioritized healthcare workers, front line workers and those performing essential tasks in the U.S. to receive the COVID-19 vaccine as it becomes available.

Since the vaccine is new, it brings with it a lot of questions. To prepare you with the facts, we’ve outlined key information from public health officials to help you make an informed decision.

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for You and Your Family

Virginia Garcia is a certified vaccination clinic and will be providing COVID-19 vaccines to their patients as soon as it is available. The vaccine works to prepare your immune system to fight the virus if you are exposed.

the science

COVID-19 vaccines cannot give you the virus. They contain a synthetic version of the virus, not a live one. COVID-19 vaccines will not alter your DNA.

The COVID-19 vaccine boosts your natural immune system. It encourages your own immune system to react and protect you from the disease.

vaccines are safe

The vaccines available have been tested and reviewed by the FDA as well as independent doctors and scientists. They continue to be monitored for safety as more individuals receive the vaccine. COVID-19 vaccines are being held to the same high standards as all other vaccines you and your family receive now.

what's next

A small percentage of people will experience side effects after being vaccinated. The side effects are a sign that your immune system is working with the vaccine as intended.

The vaccine requires two shots, 3-4 weeks apart. Your provider will schedule your second shot right after receiving the first one. It is very important to get both.

The vaccine has arrived in Oregon. Virginia Garcia will be providing vaccinations.

Virginia Garcia has been approved to be a distribution site by the Oregon Health Authority . We are hoping to receive the first shipment of vaccine in the next few weeks and will reach out to our patients when the vaccine is available. Please do not call the clinic at this time.

Virginia Garcia strongly encourages you to get the vaccine, so that you can protect yourself, your family and others in the community you may come in contact with from getting sick due to COVID-19.

Now more than ever it is important to be careful. 

COVID-19 remains a threat to our communities and now it is even more important to remember to wear your mask, stay at least 6 feet apart from others not living in your home and wash your hands frequently.

You should not be gathering with friends and family that do not live with you this year. We understand this is a difficult time but staying home is the safest thing to do for those you love.

Frequently Asked Questions

Other Resources

Below are links to pages that will provide additional information on the vaccine. Feel free to share these resources with patients unless indicated:

Center for Disease Control (CDC)
World Health Organization (WHO)
Oregon Health Authority (OHA)

Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center