Safety for Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day Weekend is nearly here and many of us will take some time to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. That might include visiting a memorial garden or cemetery during the three-day break. With questions continuing to surface about County Risk Levels and how guidance varies for fully vaccinated individuals, […]

TriMet gets on board for staff vaccinations

Bus drivers, light rail operators and transit maintenance employees all work shifts that can make it hard to get to vaccine appointments. So TriMet, which provides bus, light rail and commuter rail transit services in the Portland Metro area, is bringing vaccinations to them. Recently, the transit agency held a series of vaccination clinics at its operating facilities, photo of clinic at left. Employees, qualified family members and contract workers rolled up their […]

Approval versus Emergency Use Authorization (EUA): What’s the difference?

This article is an extended version of a story that originally aired in the May 3, 2021 issue of Oregon Coronavirus Update. We’ve noticed that there’s been some confusion online about whether an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) is the same as approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Let’s get into it and start […]

COVID-19 vaccine breakthrough cases in Oregon

We’ve seen some talk online about COVID-19 vaccine breakthrough cases. While these cases are rare, we’ll use this blog post to break down what a breakthrough case is, why they occur and how state and nationwide health authorities are responding. COVID-19 vaccine breakthrough cases COVID-19 vaccine breakthrough cases are defined as instances in which an […]

Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center brings equity and fair access to the COVID-19 vaccine

Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) that serves the members of Washington and Yamhill counties through access to high quality, culturally appropriate health care. For more than 46 years Virginia Garcia has offered care to those most vulnerable in their communities.  When COVID-19 began to affect people in Oregon, […]

Your vaccine questions answered during OHA’s Facebook Live event

OHA experts answered your vaccination questions in a Facebook Live event on April 15. You can view the video in Spanish or English. Below are time stamps for the questions:  13:23 – My son turns 16 in May. Can he get vaccinated before his exact birthday?  14:03 – Will it be easier to find and book an appointment after […]

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 […]

COVID-19 vaccine breakthrough cases in Oregon

On April 8, OHA announced that it had identified 168 COVID-19 vaccine breakthrough cases in Oregon through April 2, including three deaths. Vaccine breakthrough cases are defined as instances in which an individual received a positive COVID-19 test result at least 14 days after the final dose of their respective COVID-19 vaccine. OHA public health […]

Vaccinated with Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines? Make sure to get your second shot

If you’ve gotten a Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, you’ll need a second shot before you are fully immunized. Getting a second shot will give you the most protection. You should get your second shot even if you have side effects after the first shot, unless a vaccination provider or your doctor tells you not to get it.  You may have had […]

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 […]