Why it’s important to be vaccinated and boosted even though you can still get COVID-19 

To read this story in Spanish, click here. If you can still get COVID-19 after vaccination, what’s the point of getting vaccinated?   This is a common question, and it has a simple answer. Like most preventive measures, the COVID-19 vaccines can’t provide absolute protection. However, these vaccines clearly reduce the risk of getting infected, and […]

How to prepare for future waves of COVID-19

The initial Omicron surge has receded significantly. More people have some level of protection against COVID-19, from vaccination or following recovery from a recent infection, than at any time in the past two years. But the pandemic has not ended, and it‘s difficult to predict how COVID-19 will affect our lives in the future. But […]

Additional COVID-19 booster dose authorized for some adults and immunocompromised minors

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a statement yesterday updating its COVID-19 vaccination guidelines to include a second booster dose for some adults, as well as for immunocompromised people age 12 and older. Oregon Health Authority’s (OHA) statement on the new booster guidelines is here. All of the following booster doses can […]

Comprender y abordar los desafíos de salud mental en los jóvenes

No siempre es fácil ser joven, pero agregar una pandemia con el aislamiento, la incertidumbre y los momentos perdidos que la acompañan, no solo es difícil, sino que también puede conducir a desafíos de salud mental. A diferencia de los adultos que han tenido años de experiencias que ayudan a desarrollar habilidades de afrontamiento, los […]

COVID-19 vaccination during pregnancy reduces hospitalizations in infants

Infants are 61% less likely to be hospitalized with COVID-19 during their first six months of life when their mother had been vaccinated with an mRNA primary vaccine series during pregnancy, according to a study conducted in pediatric hospitals across the country.* Scientists had previously suspected that COVID-19 antibodies from mothers vaccinated during pregnancy would […]

Vacunas, refuerzos y guía de viaje para personas vacunadas contra el COVID-19 fuera de los Estados Unidos

Para muchas personas que viajan hacia y desde los Estados Unidos, ya sean trabajadores migrantes de temporada o viajeros de negocios, ingresar al país no es tan sencillo como lo era antes de la pandemia por COVID-19. El Departamento de Seguridad Nacional (DHS, por sus siglas en inglés), dio a conocer los requisitos de vacunación […]

Navegando por la seguridad de las actividades diarias en un mundo COVID-19

COVID-19 todavía está presente en Oregón, pero ahora contamos con múltiples herramientas para combatir la infección y frenar la propagación. Tenemos vacunas ampliamente accesibles y altamente efectivas, intervenciones comprobadas como el uso de cubrebocas y distanciamiento, y tratamientos que están cada día más disponibles. Con el levantamiento de los requisitos de cubrebocas en Oregón el […]

Vaccine, booster and travel guidance for people vaccinated against COVID-19 outside of the United States

(Updated 3/8/2022, 5:35pm: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued vaccination requirements for entry into the U.S. It is the Department of Homeland Security that issued the requirements.) For many who travel to and from the United States, whether they are seasonal migrant workers or frequent […]

Navigating the safety of day-to-day activities in a COVID-19 world

COVID-19 is still present in Oregon, but we now have multiple tools to fight infection and slow the spread. We have widely accessible and highly effective vaccines, proven interventions like masking and distancing, and treatments that are becoming more available every day. With Oregon’s mask requirements lifting on March 12 in most public indoor spaces […]

What we know about Omicron COVID-19 subvariant BA.2

You may have heard of the BA.2 variant of the COVID-19 virus. BA.2 is a subvariant of Omicron, meaning it’s too genetically related to the original Omicron strain (BA.1) to be classified as a new variant. So far, BA.2 has caused less than 1% of COVID-19 cases in Oregon. What do we know about BA.2? […]