Natural or vaccine immunity: Which is more protective?

Because some people with COVID-19 can have very mild symptoms, some may see natural infection as preferable to receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. The fact is that natural immunity or protection from COVID-19 is not preferable to getting vaccinated. While it’s true that having COVID-19 may create some protection, known as natural immunity, to COVID-19, at […]

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.  […]

211 texting is live in English and Spanish

If you’re looking for information about the COVID-19 vaccine, 211 is a great way to get your questions about COVID-19 vaccines answered.   You can text ORVAX to 898211 with your questions in English or Spanish.  Also, if you need to schedule your vaccination and you don’t have access to the internet, you can call 211. They can help you schedule.   This article first appeared in the […]

New Safe + Strong videos answer vaccine questions

Oregon Health Authority (OHA) is working to make sure that communities who are significantly impacted by COVID-19 have easy access to vaccine information. OHA’s Safe + Strong campaign has developed several short, animated videos to answer some of the key questions that communities have about vaccination: Are the vaccines safe? Are they free? Do I need insurance?   The videos, called “Vaccine Answers,” include one 60-second video that addresses all the […]

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 […]

Getting the COVID-19 vaccine won’t affect your immigration status

If you’re an immigrant, you may have concerns about getting the COVID-19 vaccine. Oregon Health Authority (OHA) believes that everyone should have the opportunity to be vaccinated. We want you to have the facts:  All eligible people in Oregon can get the vaccine.   You do NOT need to be a U.S. citizen.  Getting the vaccine will NOT […]

Q&A: Multigenerational households and vaccination

People living in multigenerational households will be able to get vaccinated starting no later than April 5. Many of you have questions about who exactly qualifies in this category.  What counts as a multigenerational household?   This is a home where people from three or more generations are living. For example, if you are living in a household that […]

Conversations about vaccination aren’t easy

Every day, more Oregonians are becoming eligible for vaccination and finishing their vaccine series. If you’re one of them, you probably already know that until enough people get vaccinated, we’re all going to need to continue to wear face coverings, limit group size, physically distance, wash our hands and stay home when we’re sick — even when fully vaccinated.   So, what do you say to friends and family […]

Did you know that 211 can answer your COVID-19 vaccine questions?

Calling, texting, or emailing 211 is a great option for getting your questions about COVID-19 vaccines answered, but a lot of people have vaccination questions right now, so you might find that you have a long wait on the line. Once the phone is answered you can enter your phone number for a 211 operator […]

OHA publishes new web tool listing vaccine providers

OHA has added a new dashboard tool showing sites verified by the Oregon Immunization Program to receive and administer COVID-19 vaccines. Being displayed on this dashboard does not mean sites have received COVID-19 vaccine doses, are administering COVID-19 vaccines onsite or have COVID-19 vaccines in their inventory. The new dashboard tool shows progress in enrolling […]