FDA authorizes new guidance on Pfizer vaccines and boosters for children and adults 

On Jan. 3, 2022, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) amended the authorization of emergency use of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine guidance in three ways.

Vaccine Voices: Vaccines will help us ‘get to freedom’

Sharon Porter, a retired educator in La Grande, did not hesitate at all to get the COVID-19 vaccine. As a cancer patient, Sharon is grateful for the treatments that have kept her alive for many years. As Sharon explains, “I have been vaccinated for measles, smallpox, polio, shingles, flu, and all the other childhood diseases. I felt I had a load […]

OHA releases statement on booster dose recommendation

Today, officials from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) convened medical experts to discuss whether to recommend that people who’ve previously been fully vaccinated with the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine should receive a booster shot to help maintain the effectiveness of their vaccinations over time. At today’s hearing, the committee recommended that people age 65 and […]

Monoclonal antibody treatment for COVID-19 (update)

Getting diagnosed with COVID-19 can be scary. However, in addition to the safe and effective vaccines, we now have more treatments available that can reduce the severity of COVID-19 in those who have become infected. Monoclonal antibody (mAb) treatments have the potential to save lives and relieve the burden on Oregon’s health care system and […]

FDA approves Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted full approval to the Pfizer-BioNTech mRNA COVID-19 Vaccine, which will be marketed as “Comirnaty.” Under the newly granted FDA approval, Comirnaty will be available to all people ages 16 and older to prevent COVID-19 disease. Under Emergency Use Authorization, the vaccine will continue to be available […]

FDA, CDC and Western States recommend additional vaccine dose for immunocompromised individuals

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup have all recommended an additional dose of mRNA COVID-19 vaccine be administered to people with moderately to severely compromised immune systems. On Aug. 12, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) adjusted the existing […]

Oregon’s reopening: Questions answered in Facebook Live

Note: On July 27, 2021, in response to a large jump in cases and hospitalizations and new national guidance calling for masking measures to prevent the spread of the highly transmissible Delta variant, the Oregon Health Authority recommended universal mask use in public indoor settings throughout the state to protect Oregonians from COVID-19. You can […]

COVID-19 vaccine toolkit now available for people with disabilities

A COVID-19 vaccine toolkit for people with disabilities is now available on the OHA Community Resources web page.   The toolkit includes new Frequently Asked Questions with information specific to people with disabilities. Common questions include medication interaction, what to do about accessibility issues at clinics, immunocompromising health conditions and much more.  Also included are two social stories, which are visual versions of important information, ASL videos, […]

Wondering where COVID-19 cases are coming from? Experts answer

We’ve heard several questions lately about where COVID-19 cases are coming from, and if they’re a result of breakthrough cases. On Wednesday, June 23, State Epidemiologist and Health Officer Dr. Dean Sidelinger and Sky Lakes Medical Center Chief of Medical Staff Dr. Robert Jackman provided answers.   Here are the timestamps for each question:  7:19 – Are you tracking which vaccine the breakthrough […]