CDC warns against the use of ivermectin to treat or prevent COVID-19

On Thursday, Aug. 21, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a Health Alert Network advisory warning that people should not use Ivermectin to treat or prevent COVID-19. While Ivermectin is FDA-approved to treat certain infections caused by parasites, it has not been proven to prevent or treat COVID-19. You can learn about the […]

Accessibility Kits help make vaccination a ‘possible and positive’ experience for all

Oregon Health Authority wants to make vaccination events accessible for everyone. To that end, OHA has developed a set of tools that community partners can use to support communication and access to information for people with disabilities, those who primarily use a language other than English and anyone who could benefit from accommodations at vaccination […]

With cases increasing in Oregon, consider taking precautions

You may be wondering why cases are increasing in Oregon. As we’ve seen across the world, cases caused by the Delta variant are spreading in unvaccinated communities.   Here’s what you need to know about the spread of COVID-19:  Vaccination remains the safest and most effective way to prevent serious illness from COVID-19 and all of its variants.  If […]

Vaccine Voices: Juan Hernandez Marquez

La Juquilita has been a part of the Newport community for eight years now. Its owner, Juan Manuel Hernandez Marquez, is proud to be a part of the community and to have the opportunity to support it when it’s confronted with difficult situations like the COVID-19 pandemic. When the Olalla Center contacted him to explore […]

Oregon health care worker COVID-19 vaccination rates higher than rates among the broader public, but disparities persist

By the end of June, 94% of Oregon dentists, nearly nine in 10 medical doctors and nearly eight in 10 nurse practitioners had been vaccinated, according to new data released by OHA. Overall, more than seven in 10 health care workers in Oregon were vaccinated, outpacing the adult vaccination rate at the time.   However, state data […]

Ask a Black Doctor on The Numberz

One of OHA’s senior health advisors hosts a podcast called Ask A Black Doctor on the Numberz. Every Friday at 8 a.m. and 2 p.m., Dr. Bhukosi Dube discusses issues surrounding the current pandemic, vaccines and distribution, provides facts and addresses concerns.   Podcast titles include Let’s Talk about the Kids, Staying Safe in the Summer and Black Men and COVID-19 Vaccines.  The podcast also provides updates about COVID-19 vaccines and discusses how to build a better culture […]

Myocarditis and pericarditis: Weighing the risks of these rare side effects

You may have heard about the risk of myocarditis and pericarditis after some COVID-19 vaccines. Understanding that the risk is extremely small and knowing what to watch out for after vaccination may help you decide what’s the best choice for you or your child. Myocarditis is an inflammation of the heart muscle. Pericarditis is an […]

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 […]

OHA, CDC investigating potential adverse event following Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccination

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is investigating a report of an Oregon death that was submitted to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) on April 18. 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 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 […]