• In exciting news, Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine was approved for use in the United States at the end of last month, and is already being distributed and used across the country, including in Oregon.

  • The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is a game-changer for vaccine rollout efforts because it only requires one dose and can be stored at normal refrigerator temperatures. These traits can help make vaccines more accessible for rural communities and for expanding mobile and drive through vaccinations. 

  • It can be difficult to make sense of how to compare the effectiveness of the different available vaccines. The CDC reports that the J&J vaccine was 66% effective at preventing laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 illness in clinical trials. When it comes to preventing severe disease, the effectiveness jumps to 85%. While these numbers may not immediately look as impressive as those from Pfizer or Moderna’s trials, it’s important to remember that these trials occurred in different contexts: different variants of the virus and different time points within the pandemic. 

  • Most importantly, all 3 of these vaccines do an excellent job of preventing hospitalization and death from COVID-19. From experts at the Biden-Harris Transition COVID-19 Advisory Board: “Whatever benefit you think you might get from waiting for the “best” vaccine isn’t worth the risk you take on while waiting. The best thing you can do is get vaccinated as soon as you’re able with whichever vaccine is available to you first.”

  • Vaccinations in Oregon are underway for people 65 years and older, but securing a vaccine appointment is still a challenge.


  • If you need assistance searching for vaccine appointments, please email the CNSCOS team at covid19@nevehshalom.org or call us at one these two numbers: 971-990-5652 or 971-777-0866. If you don’t get to someone immediately, please leave your name and contact information and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

  • We’ve also created a “How to Sign Up for a Vaccine” guide: This guide includes step-by-step instructions for using the Oregon Health Authority’s online system to search for vaccination appointments. Also included in the guide: links search for vaccine appointments at pharmacies, phone hotlines that offer assistance, and transportation resources.


  • On Monday March 8, the OHA announced that Oregon received $110M from the FEMA. These funds will help the state administer over 2 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines over a 90-day period.