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 […]

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.  […]

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.” […]

Some folks can go to work, get vaccinated

Now that everyone 16 and older is eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine, some employers are rolling up their sleeves and offering vaccinations at work. In Hood River, One Community Health is participating in a pilot program with Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) to vaccinate communities that COVID-19 is disproportionately impacting. The need to reach folks who work in agriculture, […]

Important milestone reached as 1,500,000 vaccinated with at least one dose

On April 16, we crossed a significant milestone: More than 1.5 million people in Oregon are now vaccinated with one or more doses of #COVID19 vaccine. Every vaccine administered saves lives and brings us one step closer to ending the pandemic and returning to normal life.   To learn how to schedule a vaccine appointment visit How to Find […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]