COVID-19 can affect anyone

There’s a rumor that COVID-19 only has serious consequences for older individuals. Since April 3, however, nationwide data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have indicated that people ages 18–49 have made up a greater proportion of COVID-19 associated hospitalizations than people ages 65 and older. For the week ending on May […]

With vaccination, people 12 and older can safely return to more summer activities

Last summer was difficult for most of us, but COVID-19 uniquely impacted younger people. At an age where kids often explore independence and build new relationships, last year they were asked to stay home, stay physically distant, meet up over screens and wear face coverings. While these things were necessary to reduce the spread of […]

‘If you are eligible, please get vaccinated’

On May 7, Dr. Dean Sidelinger, State Health Officer and State Epidemiologist, recorded a brief video to provide an update on the COVID-19 situation in Oregon. In the recording, Dr. Sidelinger discusses how Oregon is currently confronting new and highly transmissible variants throughout the state and calls on all people eligible for a vaccine to schedule an appointment. You can watch the full video […]

Portland metro clinics offer walk-in and drive-up COVID-19 vaccines this weekend

All4Oregon at the Oregon Convention Center All4Oregon is a COVID-19 mass vaccination site at the Oregon Convention Center, created with the collaboration and leadership of Kaiser Permanente, Legacy Health, OHSU, and Providence. The clinic provides vaccines to all eligible people, 16 and older, in the greater Portland metro area.  Walk-ins are now welcome to the All4Oregon clinic or you can schedule your appointment […]

211 texting is live in English and Spanish

If you’re looking for information about the COVID-19 vaccine, 211 is a great way to get your questions about COVID-19 vaccines answered.   You can text ORVAX to 898211 with your questions in English or Spanish.  Also, if you need to schedule your vaccination and you don’t have access to the internet, you can call 211. They can help you schedule.   This article first appeared in the […]

Getting your vaccine: Know before you go

If you have a vaccination appointment coming up, you may be wondering what it will be like and how to prepare for it.  Here’s what you can expect at the appointment:  You, and the person who is vaccinating you, will need to wear a face covering that covers your mouth and nose.    The shot will be given in your shoulder […]

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 […]

‘How to Find a Vaccine’ webpages launch in English and Spanish

On March 18, we launched a new page to help you get vaccinated. The new “How to Find a Vaccine” page – available in English and in Spanish – guides you through the process, identifying:  Who can get a vaccine.  Why to create a Get Vaccinated Oregon account.  Where to find a vaccine, including links to the CDC Vaccine Finder, pharmacy options […]

No internet access to schedule your vaccine? 211 can help

Not everyone is able to use the internet for vaccine scheduling. If you need to schedule your vaccination and you don’t have access to the internet, you can call 211. They can help you schedule.  This article first appeared in the March 17, 2021 issue of Oregon Coronavirus Update.