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 […]

VAERS monitors for adverse events after vaccination

To read this story in Spanish, click here. The Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS) is an early warning system that allows health care providers, vaccine manufacturers and the general public to report health concerns (adverse events) after vaccination. Established in 1990, VAERS can monitor for increases in known vaccination side effects, such as a […]

United States passes 1 million COVID-19-related deaths, nearly 15 million excess deaths globally

To read this story in Spanish, click here. More than 1 million people in the United States have died from COVID-19. It is a somber number. Older adults have been hit especially hard–744,825 people over age 65 have died as of May 18. In at least 90% of the 1 million deaths, COVID-19 has been […]

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) […]

Update on the baby formula shortage

To read this story in Spanish, click here. Update: On 05/18/2022, a federal judge approved the deal between the FDA and Abbott Laboratories. National baby formula maker Abbott Laboratories has reached a deal with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to restart production at its shuttered Michigan facility. If a court approves the deal, […]

Free air purifiers for high-risk wildfire zones

The summer of 2020 broke records in terms of wildfires in Oregon. Flames destroyed approximately 4,000 homes and 1 million acres of land. Smoke entered homes and lungs in every corner of the state. Oregon lawmakers responded by funding air purifiers for people in communities where wildfires are common. The air purifiers make up a […]

New app helps Russian, Thai and Persian-language speakers find information about COVID-19

A new app, launched by the Portland non-profit Torus, aims to help some English language learners, specifically refugees, find COVID-19 information in their native languages. The Torus App was developed by Afghanistan-born Ramin Tokhi, whose first language is Dari (a Persian dialect). In 2020 Tokhi founded Torus to provide “a sense of belonging to a […]

Mi Tarjeta Electrónica de Vacunación ofrece acceso digital a su registro de vacunas contra el COVID-19

El registro voluntario de vacunas Mi Tarjeta Electrónica de Vacunación de Oregon, le ofrece una copia electrónica de las vacunas contra el COVID-19 que ha recibido en el estado. Se trata de la misma información que está en su tarjeta de vacunación en papel. Al usar este sistema nuevo y completamente voluntario, usted puede utilizar su teléfono […]

My Electronic Vaccine Card offers digital access to your COVID-19 vaccination record

Oregon’s My Electronic Vaccine Card gives you an electronic copy of COVID-19 vaccinations you’ve received in Oregon. It’s the same information on your paper vaccine card. By using this new and completely voluntary service, you can use your mobile device to show proof of vaccination in places such as businesses, airports, international borders or in medical […]

Understanding BA.2’s rise across the U.S. and Oregon

The subvariant of Omicron called BA.2 is now the dominant strain of the COVID-19 virus in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). BA.2 is about 33% more contagious than BA.1 — the Omicron variant that caused the U.S.’s winter surge — and now represents more than 70% of […]