Lost your vaccination card? You can use your record of vaccination as proof

If you have lost or damaged your vaccination card, you can use your record of vaccination as proof. Here’s how to get your record (replacement CDC cards are not available).  • Check with your health care provider, or their website, for your immunization record.  • Follow the instructions on the OHA Immunization Resources page. It may take five […]

COVID-19 can affect anyone

There’s a rumor that COVID-19 only has serious consequences for older individuals. Since April 3, however, nationwide data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have indicated that people ages 18–49 have made up a greater proportion of COVID-19 associated hospitalizations than people ages 65 and older. For the week ending on May […]

Oregon officially establishes new masking and physical distancing guidance

On May 18, the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) released updated guidance for masking and physical distancing throughout the state. Significant changes to the guidance include the following: Fully vaccinated individuals will no longer need to wear a mask indoors in public places where vaccination statuses of individuals are checked (masks will be required in areas […]

COVID-19 virus cannot be shed after vaccination

Some of you may be wondering if taking the COVID-19 vaccine can cause you to shed the virus that causes COVID-19.   Health experts agree that people who have received a COVID-19 vaccine cannot shed or release any of the vaccine components. In addition, none of the COVID-19 vaccines authorized for use in the United States contain a live virus so shedding the virus is impossible.  […]

Fully vaccinated people can do more without wearing a face covering

So many of us are longing to do the things we may have taken for granted before COVID-19 disrupted our lives. Getting together with friends at a restaurant. Celebrating milestones with loved ones. Attending a sporting event. Now that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have given fully vaccinated folks the okay to […]

Oregon updates masking and physical distancing guidance for fully vaccinated

On May 13, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued new guidance, which no longer requires that fully vaccinated people wear a mask or physically distance in any setting, “except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.” Following the CDC’s recommendations, […]

Viral vectors teach your body how to fight off COVID-19

Have you been wondering how viral vector vaccines work? The Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine is sometimes called a viral vector vaccine. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has a great infographic that explains how these vaccines work.  You can click on the image below to open the image in your browser.  This article first appeared in the […]

The safety of COVID-19 vaccination revisited

While any new treatment can seem scary, the data that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) collect through the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) continue to confirm that the vaccines are both safe and effective.  VAERS is a national vaccine safety monitoring system overseen by the CDC and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). It serves as a place for doctors, nurses, vaccine manufacturers and […]

Vaccinated with Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines? Make sure to get your second shot

If you’ve gotten a Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, you’ll need a second shot before you are fully immunized. Getting a second shot will give you the most protection. You should get your second shot even if you have side effects after the first shot, unless a vaccination provider or your doctor tells you not to get it.  You may have had […]

A closer look at eligibility groups: More about frontline workers

On Monday, April 5, several new groups will become eligible statewide for the COVID-19 vaccine. One of these is frontline workers. A frontline worker is someone who has a job that puts them at higher risk for contracting COVID-19 because of: Regular close contact with others outside of their household (less than 6 feet); and […]