Western states workgroup approves vaccinations for individuals 12 and older

On May 12, The Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup convened to review the federal government’s Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) that extended COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to individuals ages 12 and older. In their official statement, the workgroup concluded that the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is “safe and effective in this age group and supports its use.” […]

OHA video answers questions about vaccination for 16 and 17-year-old people

Now that 16 and 17-year-olds are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, you may have questions about how this age group can get the vaccine. OHA Senior Health Advisor Dr. Emilio DeBess discusses vaccination for this group in a short video. You can watch the video below. For more information on vaccination for 16 and 17-year-old people, see […]

Your vaccine questions answered during OHA’s Facebook Live event

OHA experts answered your vaccination questions in a Facebook Live event on April 15. You can view the video in Spanish or English. Below are time stamps for the questions:  13:23 – My son turns 16 in May. Can he get vaccinated before his exact birthday?  14:03 – Will it be easier to find and book an appointment after […]

16 or older? You’re eligible to get vaccinated starting April 19

All Oregonians 16 or older will be eligible to get vaccinated against COVID-19 starting April 19. If you’re 16 or older — or the parent of someone who is — here’s what you should know: Under Oregon law, minors 15 and older may give consent to medical treatment, including vaccinations, provided by a physician, physician […]

Governor Brown and the Oregon Health Authority provide an update on vaccinations in Oregon

On April 16, Governor Kate Brown and leadership from the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) participated in a media briefing to talk about the vaccine situation in Oregon. Equity and access OHA Director Patrick Allen was frank about vaccine distribution efforts to date. “The numbers are stark and clear. For too many people, race and income […]

Vaccine Voices: ‘It never crossed my mind not to be vaccinated’

Jane Salisbury, pictured below right, a retired librarian who lives in the Portland area, shared her vaccine experience: I was born in 1953, and polio was terrifying for people in those years. I was sick as a child, hospitalized more than once, and my parents told me later that those were the hardest years of […]

What is a front-line worker?

Many workers have been on the frontline providing food, gas, medicine and important services throughout the pandemic. Frontline workers are eligible for vaccine now. If you’re wondering whether you are considered a frontline worker, here’s a video that may help you decide. This article first appeared in the April 14, 2021 issue of Oregon Coronavirus Update.

Experts answer your questions on vaccinations and eligibility on Thursday, April 15 at noon

We know people in Oregon continue to have questions about COVID-19 vaccinations and eligibility, particularly as we near April 19, when everyone 16 and older become eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine in Oregon. Join OHA’s Facebook Live at noon on Thursday, April 15 to have your vaccination and eligibility questions answered by our experts.

Things to know for the week of April 12

On Monday, April 19, everyone who is 16 and older will be eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine. While it’s exciting that so many folks will be able to start getting vaccinated, it may take us a few more weeks to get enough doses for everyone 16 and older to get vaccinated. The state continues to get vaccine supply from both Pfizer and Moderna. To learn […]

All Oregonians age 16 and older eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccine starting April 19

On April 6, it was announced that all Oregonians 16 and older would become eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine starting April 19. Governor Kate Brown issued the following statement to accompany the announcement: “We are locked in a race between vaccine distribution and the rapid spread of COVID-19 variants. Today, Oregon will pass the threshold […]