Vaccine Voices: ‘I believe in doing the safest thing’

Rain Jordan describes herself as a pragmatic and “safety-first” person, so it’s not surprising that she has continued to take COVID-19 precautions, including wearing a mask when appropriate, since getting vaccinated early in the summer. A former college professor, Rain shares that having auto-immune risk factors, previous adverse reactions to vaccines and some skepticism about […]

COVID-19 vaccine breakthrough cases in Oregon

We’ve seen some talk online about COVID-19 vaccine breakthrough cases. While these cases are rare, we’ll use this blog post to break down what a breakthrough case is, why they occur and how state and nationwide health authorities are responding. COVID-19 vaccine breakthrough cases COVID-19 vaccine breakthrough cases are defined as instances in which an […]

COVID-19 vaccine breakthrough cases in Oregon

On April 8, OHA announced that it had identified 168 COVID-19 vaccine breakthrough cases in Oregon through April 2, including three deaths. Vaccine breakthrough cases are defined as instances in which an individual received a positive COVID-19 test result at least 14 days after the final dose of their respective COVID-19 vaccine. OHA public health […]

Pace in vaccinating older adults slows because of lack of demand

Oregon continues to pass other states in the percentage of older adults who have been vaccinated. As of April 2, 70% of all Oregon seniors have been vaccinated. But, the pace of vaccinations among seniors has slowed because demand for vaccines among older people is down. Some are choosing to wait before getting vaccinated. Here […]

Vaccine Voices: ‘These are not ordinary times’

Deidre Greene of Albany shares her vaccine story: I want to be a testimony to the safety of the vaccine to the BIPOC community. I am an African American nurse practitioner, retired for one year, and chair of the Health and Wellness Committee for NAACP Corvallis/Albany. I would not take a vaccine so early in […]

Johnson & Johnson vaccine is another effective tool in our toolkit 

You may be wondering about taking the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. This vaccine is one more tool in our toolbox. The more vaccines and options we have available, the faster everyone who can get vaccinated will have the opportunity.   The vaccine was highly effective at preventing hospitalization and death in people who did get sick. In addition, early evidence suggests that the J&J vaccine might provide […]

Updated quarantine guidelines for fully immunized people

You may wonder whether you still need to quarantine when you have been exposed to COVID-19 if have received your vaccination. In January, OHA updated its COVID-19 Investigative Guidelines to address this question.  If you have been fully vaccinated with the COVID-19 vaccine and it’s been at least 14 days since your final dose, you are no longer required to quarantine if you have had close contact with someone with […]