Vaccine Voices: ‘If we all start caring, we can defeat this pandemic’

Ricardo Cobar, an IT network technician for Greater Albany Public Schools, got COVID-19 in December 2020. Most of his family members also got COVID-19, but for Ricardo and his mother, the experience was life-threatening. As Ricardo shares, “My mother and I had to go to the Intensive Care Unit. I was close to death. I […]

Vaccine Voices: Nancy Vera

Nancy is originally from Mexico, but has lived in United States most of her life. After spending about a year in Oregon working as a nurse in a McMinnville assisted living facility, she moved to Illinois with her husband where she continues to help seniors with their daily care. Due to her line of work, […]

Oregon pediatrician shares her story about deciding to vaccinate her son

Check out a new video featuring mother and pediatrician Dr. Julia Paz, where she shares her journey about choosing to get her son vaccinated. Dr. Paz also reinforces the importance of talking to your health care provider or other trusted sources to get your questions answered. This article first appeared in the Aug. 25, 2021 issue of […]

Bend doctor asks for everything possible to be done to help at this time

On Thursday, Aug. 19, Dr. Jeff Absalon, Chief Physician Executive for St. Charles Hospital in Bend, spoke about the crisis facing health systems and hospitals due to the COVID-19 surge. Soon after they lost a patient to COVID-19, Dr. Absalon arrived at the St. Charles Hospital Intensive Care Unit (ICU) in Bend. “Our nurses had […]

Roseburg woman rolls up sleeve after loss of two friends

“I was terrified of the vaccine,” said Tammy Castleman, 57, of Roseburg. “In all fairness, I’ve always been terrified of any vaccine, and have received them (some) reluctantly at best. I’ve never even had a flu vaccine. I don’t fear needles, but what’s in them; whether that’s entirely rational or not.” Castleman is a medical […]

Blazer5 Gaming players share their #MyVaccineReason

Watch Blazer5 Gaming players get their vaccines and share their reasons for getting vaccinated by watching the video below. You can also learn more at https://myvaccinereason.org/. This article first appeared in the Aug. 3, 2021 issue of Oregon Coronavirus Update.

Scholarship winner Josh: ‘It was just the right thing to do’

Take Your Shot, Oregon incentive winner Josh got vaccinated because he wanted to see his friends.  “Also, my mom, she really wanted me to get vaccinated so it was just the right thing to do,” said Josh. Josh also said winning the $100,000 Oregon College Savings Plan scholarship will change his life. Watch Josh’s story below.  This article first appeared in the Aug. 2, 2021 […]

Vaccine Voices: Union man honors oldest friend who died of COVID-19

“If you meet folks that ask, ‘Well, do you know anyone who’s actually died from this made up government hoax?’ Just send them my way so I can tell them about my friend KP.” 70-year-old Jim Arnott has lost three friends to COVID-19. “John and Maz were touchstones of my history, but KP was my oldest friend.” […]

Scholarship winner Laney: ‘It’s a pretty big deal to me’

Take Your Shot, Oregon incentive winner Laney got vaccinated to be better protected against COVID-19 and to protect her friends and the community. She plans to use her $100,000 Oregon College Savings Plan scholarship to make a lifelong dream come true. Watch Laney’s story below. This article first appeared in the July 26, 2021 issue […]

Vaccine Voices: Salem mom says getting COVID-19 was not an option

Mary Hoeft says — in all honesty — she was slightly hesitant about getting the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine because she had heard of side effects such as fever, chills and low energy. Being low on energy is not an option for Hoeft, 42, who is a single mother of a 9-year-old child […]