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, […]

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 […]

OHA reports vaccine scheduling error

On March 22, OHA’s partners at All4Oregon sent an email invitation to schedule vaccination appointments at the Oregon Convention Center to approximately 11,000 people who won’t become eligible to receive a vaccine until April 19. This was based on erroneous information supplied by OHA. We sincerely apologize for our mistake and the confusion it has […]

Vaccine Voices: Ronnie Herndon

Ronnie Herndon gets things done. The Portland civil rights activist is known for community engagement, especially when it comes to educational opportunities. From leading the effort to keep Harriet Tubman Middle School open to serving as teacher at Albina Youth Opportunity School, Herndon’s dedication to his community is evident. Herndon demonstrated that dedication once again […]

Vaccine Voices: Every vaccine is another step toward herd immunity

Liam Russell is 16 years old and a junior at Corvallis High School. He uses a power wheelchair for mobility and likes to read, draw, hang out with his friends and to go out to eat good food. He’s been doing distance learning since March of last year. Liam and his parents will get their […]

Vaccine Voices: Marta Guembes Herrera

As a longtime community health worker, Honorary Vice Consul and Consul of Guatemala for more than 20 years, a leader and advocate in the Portland Metropolitan area, Marta Guembes Herrera has worn many hats. Guembes Herrera has called Portland her home for 30 years and raised her children here. She is passionate about humanitarian rights […]

From the archive: Frontline health care workers receive first COVID-19 vaccinations in Oregon

On Dec. 16, 2020 there was a glimmer of light for people in Oregon – the first COVID-19 vaccinations were given to frontline health care workers. Governor Brown was joined by Patrick Allen, Director of Oregon Health Authority (OHA), frontline health care workers and representatives from Legacy Health and Oregon Health & Science University in […]

From the archive: First doses are delivered in Oregon, with more to come (Dec. 14, 2020)

Legacy Health is the first registered COVID-19 vaccine provider in the state to receive the vaccine, made by Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE. The health system’s Holladay Park site in Portland and Meridian Park site in Tualatin each received one package of 975 doses today at around 7 a.m on Dec. 14. Additional doses are […]