What you need to know about myocarditis and pericarditis

As a parent, guardian or caregiver, worrying about the health and safety of our children seems to be ever-present since the first day they come into our lives. For families deciding whether or not to vaccinate their children against COVID-19, understanding more about myocarditis and pericarditis might be helpful when deciding what is best for your child.

Myocarditis and pericarditis: Weighing the risks of these rare side effects

You may have heard about the risk of myocarditis and pericarditis after some COVID-19 vaccines. Understanding that the risk is extremely small and knowing what to watch out for after vaccination may help you decide what’s the best choice for you or your child. Myocarditis is an inflammation of the heart muscle. Pericarditis is an […]

OHA asks the state’s vaccine providers to immediately stop administering the Johnson & Johnson vaccine

Updated April 13, 2021 at 4:10 p.m. Oregon Health Authority (OHA) has asked all of the state’s vaccine providers to immediately stop administering the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine due to an announcement released by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) this morning. This pause […]

Vaccine Voices: Oregon’s Teacher of the Year Nicole R. Butler-Hooton

Nicole R. Butler-Hooton, Oregon’s 2021 Teacher of the Year, is a second-grade teacher at Irving Elementary. Butler-Hooten’s story on Oregon’s Teacher of the Year webpage says that her “teaching style goes beyond instruction and serves to build lasting relationships with students and families.” As a teacher and a Siletz and Apache tribal member, Butler-Hooton felt it was important to […]

Vaccine side effects often mean the vaccine is working

Many of us are eagerly awaiting our turn to be vaccinated and hearing from others about their experiences taking the vaccine. You may have noticed that some people have side effects and others don’t. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), side effects are normal signs that your body is building protection. Having […]

Vaccine Voices: Health workers from community care, a rural practice and an assisted living facility share their stories

Enrique Garcia, a community health care worker in Keizer, wrote: My first vaccine was the best experience; after the second shot got chills and little bit of headaches along with body temperature change, but all within the first 24 hours. I am Latino and always trying to lead by example. We have our Latino population around […]

Dr. Fauci weighs in on potential long-term side effects

Some people in Oregon are hesitant to receive the new COVID-19 vaccines. Some don’t want to be “first in line” to receive a new vaccine and may be concerned about long-term side effects. These are good questions and concerns. The COVID-19 vaccines were developed in record time, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t safe. The […]

Vaccine Voices: Dr. David Lehrfeld

Oregon Health Authority’s EMS Medical Director, Dr. David Lehrfeld, received his first dose of the Pfizer vaccine in December. Dr. Lehrfeld was a participant in Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine trials but found out afterward he was part of the group that received a placebo. “Having been part of this study, and having reviewed the available data, […]

Taking a closer look at COVID-19 vaccine side effects

It’s not unusual to be concerned about side effects of a vaccine, especially a new one. But don’t forget:  Side effects after COVID-19 vaccination “are normal signs that your body is building protection,” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).   We talked with some Oregon medical professionals about their vaccination experiences. “I got my [second] shot at about 2 p.m., and at about […]

Facebook Q&A: COVID-19 vaccine questions answered

Many of you have been following the development and distribution of the COVID-19 vaccines closely and have asked us some great questions about them. In December, we held a Facebook Live event with Public Health Director Rachael Banks, and Senior Health Advisor Dr. Paul Cieslak, to answer your questions. Here are the time stamps for the questions […]