Closer to reopening, Oregon’s vaccinations pass a milestone

On June 21, Oregon celebrated a vaccination milestone. Fewer than 50,000 people in Oregon need to get vaccinated in order to meet the Governor’s goal of vaccinating 70% of adults 18 and over. This article first appeared in the June 21, 2021 issue of Oregon Coronavirus Update.

Asegurando que la vacuna llegue a donde se necesita

El condado de Wheeler es un condado pequeño en la región central norte de Oregon. De acuerdo a la información en el sitio web del condado de Wheeler, es el menos poblado y uno de los condados más hermosos del estado. El terreno está formado por profundos cañones y altas montañas. Cerca de un tercio del condado es bosque y […]

Vaccinating the crew of the merchant freighter, Crystal, was an adventure

Michael Burton, Public Health Emergency Preparedness Assistant at Coos Health & Wellness, took part in an unusual vaccine clinic earlier this month. “We were approached by a stevedoring company who said that they’d have a ship in, and could we vaccinate some of the crew.” Michael took three volunteers from the Coos County Medical Reserve […]

Making sure to get the vaccine where it needs to go

Wheeler County is a small county in the North central region of Oregon. According to the Wheeler County website, it is the least populated and one of the most beautiful counties in the state. The terrain consists of deep river canyons and high timbered mountains. Close to one-third of the county is forest and towns […]

OHA releases latest monthly update on breakthrough cases

Through May 31, Oregon Health Authority has identified 1,009 COVID-19 vaccine breakthrough cases. In May, there were 16,097 cases of COVID-19 and 98% of these cases were among people who were unvaccinated. More than 9 in 10 of the 126 COVID-19 associated deaths in May were among people who were not vaccinated. The majority of […]

Keep your vaccination card safe

At your vaccination appointment you should get a vaccination card that tells you what COVID-19 vaccine you received, the date you received it, and where you received it. If you’re fully vaccinated, you may be able to enter some indoor places without wearing a mask, but only if you show them your vaccination card. Here […]

Vaccine Voices: Sandy Polishuk

Sandy Polishuk shared her reasons for getting the COVID-19 vaccine and what vaccination has given to her. As an octogenarian, I knew I was in higher danger of serious illness, or even death, if I contracted COVID-19, but I was most motivated by my love of my family and my desire to spend time with […]

Transitioning back to pre-pandemic life can mean starting small

One thing is sure. The pandemic meant a time of change for everyone. Collectively we found ourselves helping our kids with virtual school, working the front lines while worrying about safety, working remotely, learning to wear masks, moving our gatherings outside, and missing our loved ones.   Public health is also adapting, and despite best intentions, the guidance is sometimes frustrating and can be challenging to keep up with. Once again, we are facing more change, but this time the change involves reopening to life beyond COVID-19.   The […]

Natural or vaccine immunity: Which is more protective?

Because some people with COVID-19 can have very mild symptoms, some may see natural infection as preferable to receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. The fact is that natural immunity or protection from COVID-19 is not preferable to getting vaccinated. While it’s true that having COVID-19 may create some protection, known as natural immunity, to COVID-19, at […]

OHA launches new webpage in American Sign Language

Exciting news! Oregon Health Authority (OHA) has launched an “ASL for D/HOH & DB” Resource Page here.   This page currently provides the latest COVID-19 vaccine news and FAQs in American Sign Language (ASL). We will be adding more content to the page soon, including written materials.   We are learning what this community needs in video form and appreciate your comments and feedback. If you have […]