Oregon health care worker COVID-19 vaccination rates higher than rates among the broader public, but disparities persist

By the end of June, 94% of Oregon dentists, nearly nine in 10 medical doctors and nearly eight in 10 nurse practitioners had been vaccinated, according to new data released by OHA. Overall, more than seven in 10 health care workers in Oregon were vaccinated, outpacing the adult vaccination rate at the time.   However, state data […]

Give it your best shot: NAMI Clackamas offers community vaccination celebration

Hope, health, acceptance and community make up NAMI Clackamas’s vision for everyone impacted by mental health issues. That same vision has led the organization’s efforts since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Originally founded as a fully volunteer-run organization, NAMI Clackamas is now staffed, but still relies on strong volunteer commitment to support and advocate […]

Updates on the Delta variant

There’s been talk in the news and online about the B.1.617.2 (Delta) variant — what it is, where it has spread and whether it’s something to be concerned about. Here’s what you need to know. Delta variant defined The Delta variant is classified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as a “variant […]

What does reopening mean for Oregon? Find out in an OHA Q&A session

Following nearly a year and a half of the COVID-19 pandemic, Oregon reopened for business on June 30. Many of you are asking how COVID-19 health and safety restrictions have changed and what you can expect going forward. Join OHA for a Facebook Live at noon on Wednesday, July 14 to have your reopening questions answered by Michael Woods, Oregon OSHA Administrator, and Dr. Dean Sidelinger, State […]

Small risk of Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS) associated with Johnson & Johnson vaccine

Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that reports to the U.S. Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS) indicate a small risk of Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS) following receipt of the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) COVID-19 vaccine. About 100 preliminary reports of GBS have been filed with VAERS after the administration of 12.8 million doses of the J&J vaccine. The cases were largely […]

Oregon State University student wins the $1 million Take Your Shot Oregon incentive prize

Today, at a news conference, Governor Kate Brown announced the winner of the Take Your Shot Oregon $1 million incentive prize. She was joined by Oregon Lottery Director Barry Pack and Patrick Allen, Director of the Oregon Health Authority. Director Pack said, “At Lottery, we do numbers, and we used our random number generator and […]

What does reopening Oregon really mean?

On June 30, 2021, Governor Kate Brown’s Executive Order 21-15 went into effect, which eliminated the following Executive Orders: Executive Order 20-66 (County Risk Level framework) Executive Order 20-22 (Non-urgent Healthcare Procedures) Executive Order 21-06 (K-12 Schools) Executive Order 20-28 (Higher Education) Executive Order 20-19 (Childcare Facilities) But what does all this even mean and how […]

Reaching out to forestry workers for COVID-19 vaccinations in Jackson County

In the Medford area, there are more than 20 reforestation companies who hire forestry workers through the H-2B program. They are mostly young men who come from Mexico with temporary visas. Many of these workers do not have relatives here, do not know English and are not familiar with American culture. They travel close together in vans and […]

Oregon reaches 70% statewide vaccination goal

On July 2, OHA announced that Oregon had officially reached the 70% statewide vaccination goal. “The 70% adult vaccination goal means we have a better chance to sustain a safe reopening,” said OHA Director Patrick Allen. “The safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines continue to drive down new cases, hospitalizations and deaths in our state. Thank […]