Comic for kids: Why you should get a COVID-19 Vaccine!

Talking to kids about COVID-19 can be hard, especially when the messages surrounding the pandemic change often. But the importance of COVID-19 vaccines hasn’t changed. They slow the spread of the virus and help keep people safe. Vaccines are the best protection we have against severe COVID-19 illness , hospitalization and death. Although kids are […]

El refuerzo actualizado de la vacuna contra el COVID-19 combate las subvariantes responsables del 98% de los casos actuales

El hecho de que tengamos una dosis de refuerzo actualizada que combate las variantes predominantes que circulan en la actualidad es una maravilla de la ciencia, pero ¿cómo sabemos que es segura y efectiva? A finales de junio, la Administración de Alimentos y Medicamentos de los Estados Unidos (FDA, por sus siglas en inglés) consideró […]

Updated COVID-19 booster targets subvariants responsible for 98% of cases today

Available in Spanish The fact that we have an updated bivalent booster dose that targets the predominant variants circulating today is a wonder of science, but how do we know it’s safe and effective? In late June, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) weighed administering the original COVID-19 vaccine as the next round of […]

Add COVID-19 vaccines and boosters to your back-to-school list

Available in Spanish Summer vacation is almost over, and back-to-school time is upon us. No matter how you and your learners like to prepare for the start of the school year—shopping for new folders, catching up on summer reading or soaking up the remaining sunny days—be sure to add getting caught up COVID-19 vaccinations to […]

“Plug and Play” mRNA technology works fast, updating vaccines in months

Available in Spanish The COVID-19 vaccines made by Pfizer and Moderna use messenger RNA (mRNA) technology, which allows scientists to test, deliver and modify the vaccines quickly. The ability to adapt quickly is on full display this summer. On June 28, as Omicron BA.5 became the predominant COVID-19 variant in the United States, the U.S. […]

Novavax becomes fourth COVID-19 vaccine authorized by FDA

Available in Spanish Update 7/28: Novavax is available in Oregon. Yesterday, July 13, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized for emergency use the COVID-19 vaccine Novavax for adults age 18 and older. The Novavax vaccine is different from the other three vaccines available in the United States. It does not use mRNA technology […]

One in five adult COVID-19 survivors have a health condition that may be related to the virus

Available in Spanish A recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows people who survive COVID-19 are significantly more likely to have certain health complications than those who have no evidence of ever having COVID-19. These types of lingering health complications linked to a COVID-19 infection are commonly referred to as […]

FDA panel recommends COVID-19 vaccines for children under age 5

To read this story in Spanish, click here. Update, June 17: The FDA released a statement this morning authorizing the use of both Pfizer and Moderna’s vaccines down to age 6 months. Moderna’s vaccine is also now FDA-authorized for children ages 6 months through 17 years. The vaccine was already authorized for people age 18 […]

An epidemiologist answers questions about vaccinating the youngest

To read this story in Spanish, click here. As early as next week, parents and caregivers may be able to get their youngest children vaccinated against COVID-19. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s advisory committee is meeting tomorrow, June 15, to review applications for emergency use for Moderna and Pfizer’s pediatric COVID-19 vaccines. Moderna’s application […]

COVID-19 booster dose now recommended for 5-11 year olds

To read this story in Spanish, click here. The Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup has authorized a single booster dose of the pediatric Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 through 11. The group’s decision Thursday evening follows recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) […]