Vaccine Voices: ‘If we all start caring, we can defeat this pandemic’

Ricardo Cobar, an IT network technician for Greater Albany Public Schools, got COVID-19 in December 2020. Most of his family members also got COVID-19, but for Ricardo and his mother, the experience was life-threatening. As Ricardo shares, “My mother and I had to go to the Intensive Care Unit. I was close to death. I […]

Vaccine Voices: Nancy Vera

Nancy is originally from Mexico, but has lived in United States most of her life. After spending about a year in Oregon working as a nurse in a McMinnville assisted living facility, she moved to Illinois with her husband where she continues to help seniors with their daily care. Due to her line of work, […]

Oregon pediatrician shares her story about deciding to vaccinate her son

Check out a new video featuring mother and pediatrician Dr. Julia Paz, where she shares her journey about choosing to get her son vaccinated. Dr. Paz also reinforces the importance of talking to your health care provider or other trusted sources to get your questions answered. This article first appeared in the Aug. 25, 2021 issue of […]

Blazer5 Gaming players share their #MyVaccineReason

Watch Blazer5 Gaming players get their vaccines and share their reasons for getting vaccinated by watching the video below. You can also learn more at This article first appeared in the Aug. 3, 2021 issue of Oregon Coronavirus Update.

Scholarship winner Josh: ‘It was just the right thing to do’

Take Your Shot, Oregon incentive winner Josh got vaccinated because he wanted to see his friends.  “Also, my mom, she really wanted me to get vaccinated so it was just the right thing to do,” said Josh. Josh also said winning the $100,000 Oregon College Savings Plan scholarship will change his life. Watch Josh’s story below.  This article first appeared in the Aug. 2, 2021 […]

Vaccine Voices: Union man honors oldest friend who died of COVID-19

“If you meet folks that ask, ‘Well, do you know anyone who’s actually died from this made up government hoax?’ Just send them my way so I can tell them about my friend KP.” 70-year-old Jim Arnott has lost three friends to COVID-19. “John and Maz were touchstones of my history, but KP was my oldest friend.” […]

Scholarship winner Laney: ‘It’s a pretty big deal to me’

Take Your Shot, Oregon incentive winner Laney got vaccinated to be better protected against COVID-19 and to protect her friends and the community. She plans to use her $100,000 Oregon College Savings Plan scholarship to make a lifelong dream come true. Watch Laney’s story below. This article first appeared in the July 26, 2021 issue […]

Vaccine Voices: Salem mom says getting COVID-19 was not an option

Mary Hoeft says — in all honesty — she was slightly hesitant about getting the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine because she had heard of side effects such as fever, chills and low energy. Being low on energy is not an option for Hoeft, 42, who is a single mother of a 9-year-old child […]

Vaccine Voices: ‘I’m 16 and excited to have a social life again’

Ella Pulscak recently turned 16. Soon afterwards she got her first dose of vaccine at a pharmacy in Gresham. Our conversation was edited for clarity and length.  How was the experience?  “It went really fast. They just made sure I knew what shot I was getting and told me about potential side effects. I’ve never freaked out much about […]

Vaccine Voices: ‘To be able to sing again in church!’

The Right Reverend Diana Akiyama was born in Wheeler, Oregon and grew up in a Japanese-American community in Hood River. In 1989, she was the first Japanese-American woman ordained to the priesthood in The Episcopal Church. Bishop Akiyama was consecrated on January 30, 2021 at Trinity Cathedral in Portland.  She shared her vaccine experience, and reasons for getting vaccinated:  My vaccine appointment date and time were […]