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 […]

Vaccine Voices: Ivonne Rivero

Ivonne Rivero is a homecare worker, who looks after an elder near and dear to her: her mother. “As you can guess, my mother is the matriarch in this family,” says Rivero. “Her life is so, so important to all of us.”  As a homecare worker, Rivero is responsible for helping her mother live as […]

Joe Conchelos aka Joe Berzerk: Fishing boat captain and TikTok star

We recently talked with Joe about COVID-19’s effects on the fishing industry, vaccination and TikTok fame. The conversation has been edited for length and clarity.  I’m the captain of a commercial fishing boat here in Newport. I fish squid and crab and tuna. When we got hit with COVID it was devastating to the industry. A lot of our […]

The safety of COVID-19 vaccination revisited

While any new treatment can seem scary, the data that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) collect through the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) continue to confirm that the vaccines are both safe and effective.  VAERS is a national vaccine safety monitoring system overseen by the CDC and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). It serves as a place for doctors, nurses, vaccine manufacturers and […]

Phase 1B, Group 7 is now eligible for COVID-19 vaccination

As of April 5, folks in Phase 1B, Group 7 who are 16 and older are now eligible for vaccination:  Frontline workers as defined by the CDC and the family members they live with.   People who live in multi-generational households.  Adults ages 16 to 44 with underlying health conditions with increased risk. Oregon has adopted the CDC guidance for underlying health conditions.  Here is a […]

Problems with supply of Johnson & Johnson will not affect Oregon’s timelines

You may have heard about the loss of up to 15 million Johnson & Johnson doses because of a manufacturing mistake. Oregon will not delay its vaccine eligibility timelines because of the disruption in Johnson & Johnson doses: On April 5, all frontline workers and their household family members, younger people with underlying health conditions and people who […]

Governor Kate Brown announces expanded eligibility

On April 2, Governor Kate Brown announced Oregon was expanding COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to include all household family members of frontline workers. She also announced that Oregon was expanding its criteria of underlying health conditions to match the CDC’s extended list. These changes will help reduce the racial and ethnic disparities in vaccination rates. The Governor also asked […]

Welcome news on vaccine eligibility: What you need to know

Today, we are excited to announce changes to Oregon’s vaccine eligibility schedule based on new information about increased allocation from the federal government. As of now, about 58 percent of Oregonians age 65 and older have been vaccinated. We are on a trajectory to vaccinate more than seven out of 10 by March 29, which […]