Vaccine Voices: Grateful for life-saving efforts and public health measures

As a long-haul truck driver, Randolph Proksch spends most of the day inside the cab of his truck driving with an hour or two each day at truck stops and shipping and receiving offices. The vaccine was important to Randolph as the sole wage earner for his family and because “others in my family won’t […]

Vaccine Voices: ‘Felt that same type of soreness that I would after a really good workout’

Sophia is a 16-year-old who spoke with Oregon Health Authority about her vaccination experience. As an athlete she said that she felt sore like she would after a really good workout. Sophia said, “It didn’t bother me too much to get the vaccine because it’s going to help open up schools especially and ultimately will […]

Peer support helps people experiencing homelessness overcome vaccine hesitancy

By: Julie Showers During Blanchet House of Hospitality’s lunch and dinner hours, you will find Jennifer Coon on the sidewalk talking with guests in line for food. A petite woman in a yellow safety vest, Coon offers assistance to people struggling to survive in downtown Portland. And she is busy. Within one hour, she brought […]

Vaccine Voices: Sandy Polishuk

Sandy Polishuk shared her reasons for getting the COVID-19 vaccine and what vaccination has given to her. As an octogenarian, I knew I was in higher danger of serious illness, or even death, if I contracted COVID-19, but I was most motivated by my love of my family and my desire to spend time with […]

Vaccine Voices: Ivonne Rivero

Ivonne Rivero is a homecare worker, who looks after an elder near and dear to her: her mother. “As you can guess, my mother is the matriarch in this family,” says Rivero. “Her life is so, so important to all of us.”  As a homecare worker, Rivero is responsible for helping her mother live as […]

Vaccine Voices: ‘Looking forward to taking a graduation road trip’

Sophie is 18 and about to graduate high school. She got her first shot of Pfizer at Portland International Airport (PDX). She will be fully vaccinated long before she heads for college to study film and cinema.  Sophia’s senior picture is at right. What are your vaccine reasons?    Vaccines are the best way to prepare your body to combat the virus […]

Portland Timbers urge Oregonians: Don’t miss your shot

On May 19, the Governor’s Office and the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) released a public service announcement (PSA) produced with the Portland Timbers urging people in Oregon to get vaccinated to protect against COVID-19.   “I work all game for the perfect shot. And when it finally lines up, I always take it,” said Timbers midfielder Eryk Williamson in the PSA. […]

COVID-19 vaccine a game changer for youth

When Paul Carson learned that people 12 and older can receive Pfizer’s authorized COVID-19 vaccine, he couldn’t wait to make an appointment for his son Anthony, pictured at left. Anthony, who is 12 years old, has Down syndrome, which puts him at much higher risk for severe complications from COVID-19. Paul was able to schedule […]

Vaccine Voices: The key to economic recovery

Curtis Robinhold – like so many of us – is working from home these days. Robinhold is the executive director at the Port of Portland and has seen first-hand the impact COVID-19 has had on travel and business. In the video clip below, Robinhold says travel is a barometer for the economy overall, and what we do for each other – like getting vaccinated – matters.   This article first appeared in the May […]

Vaccine Voices: Oregon House Rep. Ricki Ruiz gets his jab so he can visit his family

Representative Ricki Ruiz, 26, is one of Oregon’s youngest legislators. Since 2020, he has represented Oregon House District 50 which covers the indigenous lands of Chinook and Cowlitz that make up Gresham and East Portland.  He received his second shot of Pfizer vaccine at Holy Redeemer School in North Portland, recently, at a clinic run by Multnomah County Public Health with community partners.    “I’m very impressed with this operation,” he […]