Pharmacy services at the Beaverton, Hillsboro and McMinnville locations will not open until 1pm on Wednesday, May 25.

Prescriptions can be filled using our Cornelius and Newberg locations during this time.


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

Virginia Garcia is offering vaccinations at select primary care clinics each week. Vaccinations require an appointment. You do not need to be a patient or have insurance. All vaccinations are free and open to the community.
To schedule an event, visit our scheduling page by clinicking the button below.

Common myths about the vaccine and what is actually true


I've been vaccinated so I don't need to worry about the COVID-19 Omicron variant


The Omicron variant appears to spread much more easily than any other variant of COVID.

Unvaccinated individuals and those without the booster dose of the vaccine are at the highest risk for devastating effects of the virus but those that are fully vaccinated are still susceptible to Omicron and should continue to exercise caution in public settings.


Even if you get the vaccine you still have to wear a mask and quarantine if you get exposed.


After you are fully vaccinated (two doses of Pfizer or Moderna and one dose of J&J) and waited the two weeks, you are considered fully vaccinated.

If you are exposed to the vaccine you do not have to quarantine as long as you do not show any symptoms. If you are feeling sick or showing signs of COVID-19, you should quarantine until the symptoms go away.


The vaccine will effect my menstrual cycle


Your menstrual cycle cannot be affected by getting the vaccine or being near someone who received a COVID-19 vaccine.

Many things can affect menstrual cycles, including stress, changes in your schedule, problems with sleep, and changes in diet or exercise. Infections may also affect menstrual cycles.


The vaccine isn't safe if I want to have a family some day.


COVID-19 vaccination is recommended for everyone 5 years of age or older, including people who are trying to get pregnant now or might become pregnant in the future, as well as their partners.

Currently no evidence shows that any vaccines, including COVID-19 vaccines, create problems trying to get pregnant in women or men. Learn more about COVID-19 vaccines and people who would like to have a baby.


The vaccine was developed too fast. It isn't safe.


Studies found that the two initial vaccines are both about 95% effective — and reported no serious or life-threatening side effects. There are many reasons why the COVID-19 vaccines could be developed so quickly.

Read here for more information on development.


People with serious allergies shouldn't get the vaccine.


Being allergic to one thing does not mean you are automatically allergic to another.

If you have allergies you think may cause a bad reaction to the vaccine, talk to your provider.


I've already had COVID-19 so I am immune.


Evidence continues to indicate that getting a COVID-19 vaccine is the best protection against getting COVID-19, whether you have already had COVID-19 or not.

For more details, you can read more here.


Kids don’t get seriously sick from COVID-19. It is not worse than the flu.


While children do not die from the virus at the same rate as adults, they can still die from COVID-19. In fact, children die from this virus at rates similar to other diseases for which children are vaccinated or kept out of school.


Vaccine information by County
Find the location nearest you to receive the vaccine.

Get Vaccinated Oregon
The scheduling tool for the Oregon Convention Center and Portland Airport.

OHSU Drive Through Vaccination Site (located in Hillsboro at the Hillsboro Stadium)

Even after you are vaccinated, it is important to remain careful. 

For those not yet vaccinated, COVID-19 remains a threat so it is important to remember to continue to wear your mask in public, stay at least 6 feet apart from others you do not know and wash your hands frequently.

The CDC has made recommendations on what to do next once you are vaccinated.

Frequently Asked Questions

Other Resources

Below are links to pages that will provide additional information on the vaccine.

Ask the Experts

Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center joined with organizations from around the community to host two online Ask the Experts sessions.  The sessions were offered in English and Spanish.

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

Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center