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Educators now eligible for COVID-19 vaccine

As of Monday, Jan. 25, 2021, Oregon educators — including public and private K-12 educators and staff, early childhood educators and staff, and child care providers and staff — can begin getting vaccinated against COVID-19. If we want to re-open schools to in-person instruction this school year, with a workforce of educators that has the confidence to re-enter a classroom knowing they are protected by a vaccine, this is the time to act.

Meeting our vaccination goals depends on getting enough vaccine supply from the federal government. It is going to take at least 3-4 weeks to ensure educators receive their first shot. The state also continues to prioritize Oregonians in Phase 1A, while also ensuring Oregonians get their second dose of vaccine.

Know Before You Go

  • Vaccination is the safest, most effective and most reliable way to keep yourself, your family and your community healthy and safe from COVID-19. The U.S. vaccine safety system makes sure that all vaccines are as safe as possible. Studies show that COVID-19 vaccines are very effective at keeping you from getting COVID-19. The COVID-19 vaccines cannot give you the virus.
  • You will get information about when and where you can get vaccinated. Over the next week, you should begin receiving information about vaccination opportunities from the Oregon Health Authority, education and school officials through the Oregon Department of Education and the Oregon Early Learning Division, as well as other vaccination partners. 
  • Please be patient/allow providers to focus on patient care. Our vaccination partners are asking educators to wait your turn and be patient with your local public health authority, local health systems and hospitals, school districts and superintendents as they work together to provide vaccination opportunities for educators. This is going to take time and may not go as quickly as we'd all like. Please resist the temptation to contact your doctor, local hospital or healthcare provider.
  • Attend educator events only. State and local officials ask that you please only attend special educator vaccination events or go to vaccination sites that are clearly designated as open to educators.
  • The COVID-19 vaccine will be free for you and you do not need health insurance. For now, vaccine doses will be given to everyone at no cost and you do not need to provide proof of health insurance. Vaccine providers cannot charge individuals for giving a vaccine. If you have health insurance, the vaccine provider may charge a vaccine administration fee to your insurance. Vaccine providers can get this fee reimbursed by the patient's public or private insurance company, or for uninsured patients, by the Health Resources and Services Administration's Provider Relief Fund.
  • You do not have to show proof that you're an educator. Vaccine providers may ask you to declare in some way that you are a public and private K-12 educator or staff member, early childhood educator or child care provider or staff.
  • Wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth. Stay six feet away from others while inside and when you're standing in line outside.
  • You should receive a vaccination card or printout that tells you what COVID-19 vaccine you received, the date you received it, where you received it, and when to get your second dose.

After Vaccination

  • After COVID-19 vaccination, you may have some side effects. According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the most common side effects found in the COVID-19 vaccine trials included pain, redness or swelling at the injection site, fatigue, headache, chills, muscle pain and joint pain.
  • You will still need to continue to wear a mask, wash your hands frequently and physically distance even after you are fully vaccinated. Things can't go back to normal until enough people are vaccinated. If we all work together, we'll get to that point faster and save lives in the process. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) may update guidance. We encourage you to continue visiting the CDC website for updated guidance on vaccines.
  • The currently available vaccines require two doses. You should talk to your vaccine provider to learn how you can get notifications about when you are eligible to receive your second dose. You should receive your second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at the same location you received the first, unless otherwise directed by the vaccine provider.
  • Download the V-safe app, which provides personalized health check-ins after you receive the vaccination. V-safe can also remind you to get your second dose.


For more information, go to covidvaccine.oregon.gov, text ORCOVID to 898211 to get text/SMS updates (English and Spanish only) or email ORCOVID@211info.org. If you can't get your COVID-19 vaccine question answered on the website, by text, or by email, call the call center at 211 or 1-866-698-6155--open 6 am – 7 pm daily, including holidays. Please be aware that wait times may be long due to high call volumes. There is an option to get a call back rather than wait on hold (English and Spanish). Free interpretation is available for all other languages. TTY: Dial 711 or call 1-866-698-6155.


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