Historias de Vacunas: Ivonne Rivero

Ivonne Rivero es una trabajadora de atención domiciliaria, que cuida de una anciana que es muy cercana y querida para ella: su madre. “Como podrás adivinar, mi madre es la matriarca de ésta familia”, dice Rivero. “Su vida es muy, muy importante para todos nosotros”. Como trabajadora de atención domiciliaria, Rivero es responsable de ayudar […]

Vaccine Voices: ‘Looking forward to taking a graduation road trip’

Sophie is 18 and about to graduate high school. She got her first shot of Pfizer at Portland International Airport (PDX). She will be fully vaccinated long before she heads for college to study film and cinema.  Sophia’s senior picture is at right. What are your vaccine reasons?    Vaccines are the best way to prepare your body to combat the virus […]

Vaccine Voices: ‘I’m 16 and excited to have a social life again’

Ella Pulscak recently turned 16. Soon afterwards she got her first dose of vaccine at a pharmacy in Gresham. Our conversation was edited for clarity and length.  How was the experience?  “It went really fast. They just made sure I knew what shot I was getting and told me about potential side effects. I’ve never freaked out much about […]

#MiVozMiVacuna: Miguel Zamora

“¡Me vacuné para ayudar a protegerme a mí mismo ya los demás!”Esa es la #MiVozMiVacuna del estudiante Miguel Zamora. Miguel fue uno de los 240 estudiantes que junto con sus familiares, recibió su primera dosis de la vacuna Pfizer-BioNTech contra el COVID-19 en el exitoso evento “Friday Night Lights” en el Wahtonka Field en The Dalles. El […]

Vaccine Voices: ‘It never crossed my mind not to be vaccinated’

Jane Salisbury, pictured below right, a retired librarian who lives in the Portland area, shared her vaccine experience: I was born in 1953, and polio was terrifying for people in those years. I was sick as a child, hospitalized more than once, and my parents told me later that those were the hardest years of […]

Vaccine Voices: Executive Pastor Edward Williams

For twenty years, Executive Pastor Edward Williams has helped Mt. Olivet Baptist Church fulfill its mission. He oversees the North Portland church’s operations, human resources, finances and strategic planning. Mt. Olivet, he explains, is Oregon’s oldest African American Baptist church. He shares his reasons for getting vaccinated: “I see COVID as a public health issue […]

Vaccine Voices: Definitely worth a few days of feeling under the weather

Dr. Jessica Hart, a psychologist resident at Northwest Forensic Institute, got both of her vaccines at the Oregon State Fairgrounds. She shared her vaccination experience with us: When asked why getting the vaccine was important to her, Dr. Hart told us, “to protect myself, my family, my coworkers, and the individuals we evaluate through work.” […]

Vaccine Voices: Brittany Dorris

Brittany Dorris, a fifth-grade teacher in the Bethel School District in Eugene, shares her story: I received both doses of the Moderna vaccine at a vaccination clinic held at Lane Community College. The opportunity was provided to me by my school district to help vaccinate our school staff before the return to in-person instruction. I […]

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. […]