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 […]

Vaccine side effects often mean the vaccine is working

Many of us are eagerly awaiting our turn to be vaccinated and hearing from others about their experiences taking the vaccine. You may have noticed that some people have side effects and others don’t. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), side effects are normal signs that your body is building protection. Having […]

Vaccine safety tool available in several languages

V-safe — one of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) tools to monitor COVID-19 vaccine safety — is now available in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Korean and simplified Chinese. Get vaccinated, then participate in personalized health check-ins to let CDC know how you’re feeling and if you have any side effects.   Help keep vaccines safe and register for v-safe after your […]

New guidance for the ‘fully vaccinated’

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has new guidance for people who are fully vaccinated. People are considered fully vaccinated:  Two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series, like the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or  Two weeks after a single-dose vaccine, like the Johnson & Johnson vaccine  In non-healthcare settings, there are some things you can do if you are fully vaccinated:  Visit with […]

Oregon pharmacies can continue to offer COVID-19 vaccinations to adults 65 and older

OHA and pharmacies in Oregon providing COVID-19 vaccines confirmed that pharmacies in Oregon can continue to serve Oregonians age 65 years and older.   Earlier this month the Biden administration set a goal to reopen the nation’s schools by having all educators, childcare workers and other education staff receive at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose by the end of March. […]