COVID-19 and Flu Information

LAST UPDATED: October 10, 2023

COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Vaccines continue to be the safest and most effective way to protect from COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths. All Oregonians six months and older are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. If you are 14 and under, you must be with a parent or guardian. Siskiyou Community Health Center offers the updated Moderna vaccine. The Moderna vaccine is approved for anyone six months and older. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone 6 month and older receive at least one dose of the updated 2023-2024 COVID-19 vaccine to be up to date.

Frequently Asked Questions about the COVID-19 Vaccination

COVID-19 can cause serious illness or even death. There is no way to know how COVID-19 will affect you. And if you get sick, you could spread the disease to friends, family, and others around you. All COVID-19 vaccines currently available in the United States have been shown to be highly effective at preventing COVID-19 disease. Even if you still get infected after you get vaccinated, the vaccine may prevent serious illness. Accumulating evidence shows that COVID-19 vaccines reduce post-COVID-19 condition (“Long COVID”) among both children and adults.

No, the vaccine does not cause COVID-19. None of the approved COVID-19 vaccines contain the virus that causes COVID-19. It does take a few weeks after vaccination for your body to build up antibodies to protect you from the virus. That means it’s possible you could be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 just before or just after getting the vaccine and still get sick.

Some people might get sore muscles, feel tired, or have mild fever after getting the vaccine. These reactions mean the vaccine is working to help teach your body how to fight COVID-19 if you are exposed. For most people, these side effects will last no longer than a few days. If you have any concerns, call your doctor or nurse.

Yes, you should still be vaccinated because you can become infected more than once. Although you may have some short-term natural protection (known as immunity) after recovering from COVID-19, we don’t know how long this protection will last. Vaccination is the best protection, and it is safe. People who get COVID-19 can have serious illnesses, and some have terrible symptoms that continue for months. If you have had COVID-19, ask your doctor, nurse, or clinic when you should be vaccinated. To make the most of your natural immunity, you may choose to wait several months before getting the vaccine.

COVID-19 vaccines are no longer free. For people with health insurance, most plans will cover COVID-19 vaccine at no cost to you. Siskiyou Community Health Center will collect your insurance information at the time of vaccination and bill your insurance. You may want to call your health insurance provider prior to getting vaccines to make sure Siskiyou Community Health Center is in network for COVID-19 vaccines.

Siskiyou Community Health Center provides the updated Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.

To read more about the Moderna vaccine, click here.

Test to Treat Program

The Test to Treat program connects people at high risk of severe COVID-19 to treatments. Through the Test to Treat initiative, individuals can be tested for COVID-19, see a healthcare provider (including virtual visits), receive a prescription for an oral antiviral treatment if they are eligible, and have the prescription filled, all in one location. Siskiyou Community Health Center has the oral antiviral medications Paxlovid and Molnupiravir. These medications must be started within the first five days of symptoms. If you have tested positive or believe you have COVID-19, call (541) 472-4777 to see if you are eligible for one of these medications.

Established primary care patients: Medical triage will be able to assist you without an appointment.  

Non-patients: A virtual or in-person appointment with our Walk-In Clinic will be required. 

Paxlovid Fact Sheet Download in: (English) (Español)

Molnupiravir Fact Sheet Download in: (English) (Español)

COVID-19 Testing Information

We offer same-day COVID-19 testing for our patients, including patients of our Walk-In Clinic. We also offer travel testing on a limited basis (excluding Hawaii). If you are seeking testing, have symptoms or exposure to COVID-19:

Patients: Call (541) 471-3455 in Grants Pass and (541) 592-4111 in Cave Junction and ask for nursing triage.

If you do not have a primary care provider at Siskiyou Community Health Center: A Walk-In clinic provider can evaluate your symptoms through our virtual visit platform. Click here for information on scheduling a virtual visit.

Travel Testing: Due to a limited supply of COVID-19 tests, we are temporarily no longer offering travel testing. We look forward to offering this service once supply levels are back to normal.

Results: Patients will be notified of their results the same day or within 24 hours of their visit.

Siskiyou Community Health Center offers three types of COVID-19 diagnostic testing, all of which are covered by insurance. A provider will determine which type of test is appropriate based on the patient’s situation.

The cost of a virtual visit evaluation for COVID-19 is $49.
The cash price for the COVID-19 test itself is:

1. Onsite PCR = $154.00

2. PCR sent out to LabCorp = $61.31 ($51.31 billed from LabCorp. $10 collection fee charged by Siskiyou Community Health Center)

3. Antigen = No Charge

Services That Have Changed
Due to COVID-19

Siskiyou Community Health Center is committed to the health and well-being of the community. To maintain the highest level of safety for our patients, staff, and healthcare providers, we’ve made some protocol changes and implemented telemedicine visits when appropriate. For all patients seen in the office, be assured we have a rigorous cleaning process of the entire clinic to prevent the spread of infection.

  • Follow-up medication visit
  • Postpartum visits, as determined by your clinical provider
  • Review lab results and imaging studies
  • Discussion of birth control/family planning options
  • Pre-OB visits
  • Rash
  • Diabetes follow-up appointments
  • Anxiety and/or depression
  • Other health topics that do not require an exam
  • Dental evaluations

For more information on virtual visits, click here.

COVID-19 and Flu Vaccines

Siskiyou Community Health Center offers the updated COVID-19 and flu vaccines as part of a regular visit with your provider. Vaccines will be available until they are gone, and are available for all eligible ages.

We bill all major insurance plans.

For the latest information on flu prevention in Oregon:

For the latest information on seasonal flu vaccines nationwide:

COVID-19 Self-Test Kit
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