FDA panel recommends COVID-19 vaccines for children under age 5

To read this story in Spanish, click here. Update, June 17: The FDA released a statement this morning authorizing the use of both Pfizer and Moderna’s vaccines down to age 6 months. Moderna’s vaccine is also now FDA-authorized for children ages 6 months through 17 years. The vaccine was already authorized for people age 18 […]

Severe side effects from COVID-19 vaccination are rare

To read this story in Spanish, click here. The most common reason people have not received a COVID-19 booster dose is concern about side effects, according to a recent survey of our readers. With eight reasons to choose from, 37% chose “I had side effects and I don’t want to go through that again.” Some […]

United States passes 1 million COVID-19-related deaths, nearly 15 million excess deaths globally

To read this story in Spanish, click here. More than 1 million people in the United States have died from COVID-19. It is a somber number. Older adults have been hit especially hard–744,825 people over age 65 have died as of May 18. In at least 90% of the 1 million deaths, COVID-19 has been […]

Clatsop County volunteers came together during challenging times

In December 2020, the phone lines at the Clatsop County Public Health Department were jammed. Hundreds of questions came in every day from worried callers wanting to know about COVID-19 symptoms, isolation and testing. Other callers wanted to report  businesses ignoring COVID-19 state mandates.   Jane Dunkin, Clatsop County human resources assistant and volunteer coordinator, […]

Frequently asked questions about pregnancy, newborns and reproductive health during COVID-19

As if pregnancy is not stressful enough, COVID-19 has added an extra dimension of uncertainty to the process. Dr. Barbra Fisher, MD, PhD, maternal-fetal medicine specialist at Northwest Perinatal Center in Portland, recently helped us understand how getting vaccinated during pregnancy benefits both pregnant patients and newborn children. Here, Dr. Fisher answers some of the […]

Additional COVID-19 booster dose authorized for some adults and immunocompromised minors

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a statement yesterday updating its COVID-19 vaccination guidelines to include a second booster dose for some adults, as well as for immunocompromised people age 12 and older. Oregon Health Authority’s (OHA) statement on the new booster guidelines is here. All of the following booster doses can […]

Dr. Bukhosi Dube exhibits a heart of service

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’”  –Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., 1957 Meet Dr. Bukhosi Dube, senior health advisor for Oregon Health Authority (OHA). Dube’s work on the “Ask a Black Doctor” podcast and other outreach programs has been a frequent source of COVID-19 and vaccination information for […]

CDC increases recommended wait period between doses of COVID-19 mRNA primary series vaccines for some people

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that some people, especially males ages 12-39, wait up to eight weeks between the first and second doses of a Moderna or Pfizer primary vaccine series. While the risk is already low, recent studies suggest that a longer wait between doses may further reduce the risk […]

Looking for a COVID-19 vaccine or booster?

You can protect yourself against all COVID-19 variants by getting vaccinated and getting a booster if you are eligible. Sites around the state are accommodating large numbers of people seeking vaccinations. These “high-volume” sites offer all three COVID-19 vaccines and are open to everyone eligible for a COVID-19 vaccination or booster. There is no cost and you do not need to register.