Recommendation of Pfizer vaccine booster dose for some under review

Oregon is ready to make booster shots available to people who are eligible to receive one, if the Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup approves a federal recommendation to make booster shots of the Pfizer vaccine available to seniors and people in high-risk categories. While Oregon currently has an adequate supply of Pfizer vaccines, provider […]

Children, schools and COVID-19: OHA and ODE answer your questions

On Wednesday, the Oregon Health Authority Senior Health Advisor Dr. Tom Jeanne and the Oregon Department of Education Director Colt Gill answered questions about COVID-19 in children and reminded us of the protections being taken in Oregon schools to ensure that students can safely continue in-person instruction. As Dr. Jeanne noted, “The Delta variant is an […]

Vaccine Voices: ‘I believe in doing the safest thing’

Rain Jordan describes herself as a pragmatic and “safety-first” person, so it’s not surprising that she has continued to take COVID-19 precautions, including wearing a mask when appropriate, since getting vaccinated early in the summer. A former college professor, Rain shares that having auto-immune risk factors, previous adverse reactions to vaccines and some skepticism about […]

Taking extra precautions while dating during COVID-19  

Across Oregon, college students are returning to campuses and finding that dating and relationships are different than before the  COVID-19 pandemic. Taking precautions to protect oneself and others from acquiring or spreading COVID-19 continues to be an important part of our everyday lives.    But, with the availability of vaccines and testing there is a natural desire to want to return to “normal,” to do the everyday activities we enjoy […]

Vaccine Voices: Vaccines will help us ‘get to freedom’

Sharon Porter, a retired educator in La Grande, did not hesitate at all to get the COVID-19 vaccine. As a cancer patient, Sharon is grateful for the treatments that have kept her alive for many years. As Sharon explains, “I have been vaccinated for measles, smallpox, polio, shingles, flu, and all the other childhood diseases. I felt I had a load […]

OHA releases statement on booster dose recommendation

Today, officials from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) convened medical experts to discuss whether to recommend that people who’ve previously been fully vaccinated with the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine should receive a booster shot to help maintain the effectiveness of their vaccinations over time. At today’s hearing, the committee recommended that people age 65 and […]

What you need to know about virus variants

Sometimes it can feel overwhelming to sort through all the information we come across. The Delta variant continues to be in the headlines, but other variants are in the news as well. You may be wondering what a variant is, and how common are different types of variants.   Viruses like SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes […]

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 […]

Salem restaurant pitches in to feed thousands during wildfires, ice storms and COVID-19 vaccination clinics

On Oct. 12 last year, Jeff Gilbert was notified he had five days to come up with a way to provide three meals a day to hundreds of wildfire survivors. “Five days notification!” Gilbert exclaimed. Gilbert is a Regional Emergency Coordinator for the Oregon Department of Human Services Emergency Management Unit. He also serves as […]

Kids back in school? Make an appointment for routine vaccinations

Most kids in Oregon are either back in school already or will be soon. This is a great time to make sure your child is up-to-date on their routine immunizations.  In Oregon, children are required to receive certain childhood vaccines in order to attend school. Talk with your child’s health care provider about what vaccines your child needs to stay healthy this […]