COVID-19 Vaccinations

To our valued patient,

You may have heard that the Food and Drug Administration has approved emergency use of the first COVID-19 vaccine. 

This is great news. Studies show the vaccine is safe and effective. 

Because the initial supply is very limited, the Centers for Disease Control is directing the first doses to certain high-risk health care personnel, as well as residents and patients in long-term care facilities. 

This means, in keeping with CDC recommendations, it is not being offered to the general public at this time. However, we will keep you updated when the vaccine is readily available to broader groups.  

We encourage everyone to get vaccinated when they become eligible because it is a key step in saving lives and ending the pandemic. We recognize this is a personal decision, though, and that many people have questions about the vaccine.

 

Below you will find some educational resources to help you learn more:

 

Over the next few months, we urge everyone to continue wearing a mask, practicing social distancing and washing your hands frequently.  

Thank you for doing your part and for trusting us as your partner in health. Wishing you a safe and healthy holiday season.

Update - 1/4/2021

Dear Patients,

 
We are very pleased COVID-19 vaccine has arrived in Oregon and vaccination of hospital employees and long-term care facilities is underway.  We strongly believe the vaccine is safe and effective.  We (Dr. Bridgeman, Dr. Brill, and Jo Anders ANP) have each received our first vaccine dose last week.  Currently the vaccine is indicated for patients 16 years of age and over for the Pfizer vaccine, and 18 years and older for the Moderna vaccine.  We may be able to vaccinate younger ages by the summer (studies are underway for patient ages 12-18).  If you are pregnant or have had a severe allergic reaction to a vaccine before, we will review which vaccine to give you, and when is the right time for you, on an individual basis.  For our immunosuppressed patients, we will recommend a COVID-19 vaccine for you, despite not having complete safety data available, due to your high-risk status for severe COVID-19 complications.
 
We do plan to offer a COVID-19 vaccine to you here at the clinic according to the Oregon Health Authority (OHA)’s guidelines.  We are likely to get our first few doses in February.  It may take until the end of the summer for our supplies to be sufficient enough to vaccinate all our patients.  We will reach out to you when your age or risk factor group is eligible for the vaccine.  Please monitor your My Health portal account as that is the best way for us to reach you to schedule your vaccine.   Each person will need to schedule an appointment with our medical assistants for this vaccine.  You will need to remain in the clinic for 15-30 minutes after the vaccination for monitoring.  If you have the option of getting your COVID-19 vaccine elsewhere sooner, we recommend you get it there.  
 
We encourage everyone to get vaccinated when you become eligible because it is a key step in saving lives and ending the pandemic. We recognize this is a personal decision, though, and that many people have questions about the vaccine. Over the next few months, we urge everyone to continue wearing a mask, practicing social distancing and wash your hands frequently.  
 
Thank you for doing your part and for trusting us as your partner in health. Wishing you a safe and healthy 2021!
 
DeOna Bridgeman, MD
Janae Brill, MD
JoAnna Anders, ANP

Update - 1/14/2021

Good Morning,

 
Despite Governor Brown’s recommendation to start COVID-19 vaccination for patients who are over age 65, or who are educators, on January 23rd, we still do not have vaccine that we can access.  We will update you when the Oregon Health Authority authorizes vaccine for our clinic.  Please be patient as you call our front desk with questions.  We are receiving an overwhelming number of phone calls about the COVID-19 vaccine.
 
Thank you for your understanding as we work to bring the COVID-19 vaccine to you.