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 […]

COVID-19 vaccine a game changer for youth

When Paul Carson learned that people 12 and older can receive Pfizer’s authorized COVID-19 vaccine, he couldn’t wait to make an appointment for his son Anthony, pictured at left. Anthony, who is 12 years old, has Down syndrome, which puts him at much higher risk for severe complications from COVID-19. Paul was able to schedule […]

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.  […]

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.” […]

Approval versus Emergency Use Authorization (EUA): What’s the difference?

This article is an extended version of a story that originally aired in the May 3, 2021 issue of Oregon Coronavirus Update. We’ve noticed that there’s been some confusion online about whether an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) is the same as approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Let’s get into it and start […]

OHA, CDC investigating potential adverse event following Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccination

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is investigating a report of an Oregon death that was submitted to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) on April 18. 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, […]

Johnson & Johnson vaccine: An important tool in our toolbox

As vaccination scales up, so does our nation’s overall protection from serious outcomes due to COVID-19. Oregon has given over 1 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine to people in Oregon, and now we have begun to receive doses of a third vaccine. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which recently received Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) in the United States, began […]

Western states workgroup recommends Johnson & Johnson vaccine

The Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup has concluded that “the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen Biotech) COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective for use in the Western States.” The workgroup, composed of nationally acclaimed scientists with expertise in immunizations and public health, has been independently reviewing the safety and efficacy of all FDA approved COVID-19 […]

Oregon to receive Johnson & Johnson vaccine

Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose vaccine has received an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from the federal government, making it the third COVID-19 vaccine available for use in the United States.  The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is the first single-dose vaccine against COVID-19. It can be stored in a refrigerator for months, making it easier to distribute […]

Dr. Fauci weighs in on potential long-term side effects

Some people in Oregon are hesitant to receive the new COVID-19 vaccines. Some don’t want to be “first in line” to receive a new vaccine and may be concerned about long-term side effects. These are good questions and concerns. The COVID-19 vaccines were developed in record time, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t safe. The […]