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A third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine is recommended for maximum protection against the coronavirus.

PMG FILE PHOTO - The coronavirus omicron variant is now confirmed in several states and public health officials are reaffirming the growing urgency to not only get vaccinated, but get the booster shot as well.

The coronavirus omicron variant is now confirmed in several states and public health officials are reaffirming the ever-growing urgency to not only get vaccinated, but get the booster shot as well.

"The recent emergence of the Omicron variant (B.1.1.529) further emphasizes the importance of vaccination, boosters, and prevention efforts needed to protect against COVID-19," the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states in updated guidance online. "Early data from South Africa suggest increased transmissibility of the Omicron variant and the potential for immune evasion."

Adults 18 and over who received both doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine more than six months ago are encouraged to schedule a booster shot six months after the second dose to maintain effectiveness of the vaccine, according to the CDC.

Those who received a dose of Johnson & Johnson meanwhile should schedule a booster two months after the initial shot, the CDC states.

The agency also says that people can "mix-and-match" their doses. That means someone who initially received both doses of Moderna could get the Johnson & Johnson for their booster shot, for example.

The FDA in August first authorized third doses of both Pfizer and Moderna vaccines for anyone who is immunocompromised. That includes people undergoing certain cancer treatments, organ transplant recipients taking immunosuppressive drugs or other immune therapies. Eligibility has since expanded to include all adults.

Boosters are widely available at local pharmacies and grocery stores throughout the state and county. You can visit their website to find out more information on scheduling an appointment.

Local businesses and health organizations have also partnered up to offer their own public clinics. Here's where you can get your booster shot in Washington County. You can also visit www.getvaccinated.oregon.gov/

for more vaccination locations throughout the state.

Tektronix

The Oregon Health Authority partnered with Tektronix to offer a walk-in clinic for all three vaccines, including pediatric doses, at 14200 S.W. Karl Braun Drive (inside Building 58) in Beaverton. The clinic is open Monday through Saturday from 12 to 7 p.m. and on Sunday from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. The clinic does not accept appointments. Only walk-ins.

Beaverton Resource Center

The clinic is open on Fridays all through December and January from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at 13565 S.W. Walker Road in Beaverton. The clinic will not be open on Christmas Eve, New Year's Eve or Jan. 14. All three vaccines are available except for pediatric doses of Pfizer for children ages 5 to 11. You can visit Project Access Now's website to schedule an appointment.

Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center

Vaccination events will be held throughout the next couple months in several locations throughout Washington County. Walk-ins are welcome, even for those who aren't Virginia Garcia patients. Visit {obj:58931:www.virginiagarcia.org/vaccine/ } to find out when and where you can find the next vaccine events.

Pacific University

A vaccine clinic will be open starting Saturday, Dec. 11, until Tuesday, Dec. 14, from Parking Lot M on Pacific University's Forest Grove campus. You can follow traffic flow signage to access the clinic from Main Street. All vaccines are available, including pediatric doses of Pfizer. The clinic offers both drive-through and walk-up options. No appointment is necessary.

Centro Cultural

A clinic will be open Saturday through Dec. 18 from 8:30 a.m. until noon at 1110 N. Adair St. in Cornelius. All vaccines are available, including pediatric doses of Pfizer. The clinic accepts walk-ins only. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 503-359-0446 for more information.


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