This year’s flu shot more important than ever

Available in Spanish An unexpected upside of COVID-19 precautions such as masking indoors and avoiding crowds is that public health experts saw virtually no major flu outbreaks in the United States during the last two years. That will likely change this year. With most mandatory COVID-19 measures lifted and many people returning to pre-pandemic activities, […]

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 […]

Improved race and ethnicity data leads to changes in vaccination rates

Starting on Sept. 14, 2022, OHA’s COVID-19 Vaccination Metrics dashboard will include updated population estimates for race and ethnicity data at the state and county level. OHA worked closely with Portland State University’s Population Research Center to incorporate the latest data and methodology from the 2020 American Community Survey (ACS), leading to better estimates of the […]

Una farmacéutica hace lo imposible para proteger a las personas del COVID-19

En un brumoso día de verano de 2021, la tripulación de un buque de carga frente a la costa de Oregon recibió una visita poco común. Sandy Le, una farmacéutica de Portland llegó en un pequeño bote. A pesar de los fuertes vientos, subió al bote con un suministro de vacunas contra el COVID-19 a […]

A pharmacist goes above and beyond to protect people from COVID-19

Available in Spanish On a hazy summer day in 2021, the crew of a cargo ship off the coast of Oregon had an unlikely visitor. Sandy Le, a Portland pharmacist, approached in a small boat. Through whipping winds she climbed aboard, onto the gangway, with a supply of COVID-19 vaccines in tow. The people on […]

On the road: bringing COVID-19 vaccines and health care to the people

Available in Spanish Getting health care and COVID-19 vaccines to the rural areas of 1,000-square-mile Clatsop County has been challenging at times, but a new mobile health clinic is changing that. This summer, the county was able to buy a mobile health clinic funded by a grant from the Oregon Health Authority. “The van has […]

Predicting COVID-19 in Oregon: it’s all in the numbers

Available in Spanish Peter Graven isn’t a fortune-teller, but he tries his best to predict the future. Graven, director of Oregon Health & Science University’s (OHSU) Office of Advanced Analytics, has helped people in Oregon make sense of the pandemic with  regular forecasts that began in March 2020. As complex as COVID-19 data collection and […]

“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 […]

La propagación de las subvariantes BA.4 y BA.5 de COVID-19 refuerza la necesidad de vacunación y refuerzos

Las subvariantes BA.4 y BA.55 de Ómicron ahora son las variantes predominantes de COVID-19 en Oregon y en todo Estados Unidos. Esto ha llevado a un aumento de las hospitalizaciones (datos en inglés) relacionadas con COVID-19, incluidas las admisiones en la Unidad de Cuidados Intensivos (ICU, por sus siglas en inglés). BA.4 y BA.5 son […]