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 […]

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 […]

Conversations about vaccination aren’t easy

Every day, more Oregonians are becoming eligible for vaccination and finishing their vaccine series. If you’re one of them, you probably already know that until enough people get vaccinated, we’re all going to need to continue to wear face coverings, limit group size, physically distance, wash our hands and stay home when we’re sick — even when fully vaccinated.   So, what do you say to friends and family […]

State leaders provide update on vaccination progress

Governor Kate Brown was joined by Oregon Health Authority Director Patrick Allen, State Epidemiologist Dr. Dean Sidelinger and other partners on Feb. 19 to give an update on Oregon’s vaccination rollout. “Oregonians continue to make smart choices, and the numbers speak for themselves,” said Governor Brown. “As of yesterday, Oregon had the third lowest infection […]