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 […]

Oregon is getting closer to reopening

At a press conference today, Governor Kate Brown and State Epidemiologist Dr. Dean Sidelinger gave an overview of the pandemic in Oregon and the state’s progress towards its vaccination goal. Governor Brown said that more than 67% of Oregonians 18 and older have now received their first dose of a vaccine. “We are so close to […]

Governor Brown, OHA leadership provide update on vaccination progress, reopening

Governor Kate Brown was joined by OHA Director Patrick Allen and State Epidemiologist Dr. Dean Sidelinger to discuss Oregon’s vaccination progress and to outline the details on the state’s future reopening plans. Here’s what you need to know. Oregon nearing statewide vaccination goal On May 11, Governor Brown announced that Oregon could all but terminate […]

Vaccine Voices: Mary Richardson

Mary Richardson, a retiree from Portland, is a cancer survivor who lives in a multigenerational household and recently received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. She shares her vaccination story: I am a four-time cancer survivor. I had surgery in October and started chemotherapy in January. Knowing I am immunocompromised during a pandemic is beyond scary. […]