Comic for kids: Why you should get a COVID-19 Vaccine!

Talking to kids about COVID-19 can be hard, especially when the messages surrounding the pandemic change often. But the importance of COVID-19 vaccines hasn’t changed. They slow the spread of the virus and help keep people safe. Vaccines are the best protection we have against severe COVID-19 illness , hospitalization and death. Although kids are […]

This year’s flu shot more important than ever

Available in Spanish An unexpected upside of COVID-19 precautions such as masking indoors and avoiding crowds is that public health experts saw virtually no major flu outbreaks in the United States during the last two years. That will likely change this year. With most mandatory COVID-19 measures lifted and many people returning to pre-pandemic activities, […]

Updated COVID-19 booster targets subvariants responsible for 98% of cases today

Available in Spanish The fact that we have an updated bivalent booster dose that targets the predominant variants circulating today is a wonder of science, but how do we know it’s safe and effective? In late June, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) weighed administering the original COVID-19 vaccine as the next round of […]

“Plug and Play” mRNA technology works fast, updating vaccines in months

Available in Spanish The COVID-19 vaccines made by Pfizer and Moderna use messenger RNA (mRNA) technology, which allows scientists to test, deliver and modify the vaccines quickly. The ability to adapt quickly is on full display this summer. On June 28, as Omicron BA.5 became the predominant COVID-19 variant in the United States, the U.S. […]

Novavax becomes fourth COVID-19 vaccine authorized by FDA

Available in Spanish Update 7/28: Novavax is available in Oregon. Yesterday, July 13, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized for emergency use the COVID-19 vaccine Novavax for adults age 18 and older. The Novavax vaccine is different from the other three vaccines available in the United States. It does not use mRNA technology […]

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 […]

COVID-19 has declined in Oregon, but it is not yet endemic

The Omicron surge has largely dissipated, the number of COVID-19 cases and related hospitalizations and deaths have fallen rapidly and there are no new variants of concern on the horizon. Moreover, research tells us that due to the number of Omicron infections, plus vaccines being administered, more than 80% of people in Oregon have some […]

Vaccine Voices: “It’s the only thing that is going to keep him out of the hospital.” A mom takes no chances with her son’s health

The first time Angela Doescher tested positive for COVID-19 was March 2020, back when a vaccine was merely a hope on the horizon. The Bend resident was sick for seven months, and to this day suffers long-haul symptoms. She tested positive a second time in July 2021, after being vaccinated, and felt better just two […]

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.