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.

Vaccine Voices: ‘I’m so proud.’ A determined mom soothes her children’s vaccine anxiety

Eight-year-old Emiliano Rangel couldn’t wait to get his COVID-19 vaccine. His mom, Maria Rangel, got hers first; next came sister and brother, Ruby, 15, and Giovanni, 14. But Emiliano was still too young.  “Ever since he saw his brother and sister vaccinated, he asked ‘When is the vaccine coming for me?’” recalled Maria, bilingual programs coordinator for NW Disability Support. “He was extra cautious. He […]

How immunity works and why it needs a boost

There are only two ways to restrengthen our immunity: 1) to be infected by the COVID-19 virus or 2) to get a booster dose. Infection could lead to hospitalization, damage to the lungs and even death. Even mild cases can result in COVID-19 “long-haulers” who have symptoms for months. 

Pediatric vaccine rollout highlights Benton County’s focus on health equity

Benton County Health Department’s director/administrator April Holland, MPH, CIC, recently shared good news about the county’s efforts to close vaccine equity gaps. What’s behind this success? As April shared, this indicates “the extremely important role” that school-based clinics have in reaching diverse populations.

As Omicron cases increase, state leaders promote vaccines, boosters and masking to blunt the spread

As Omicron COVID-19 cases continue to set new records in Oregon, leaders from Oregon Health Authority (OHA), Oregon Department of Education (ODE) and Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) urged people to get vaccinated and boosted and to practice safety measures, during a joint press conference Jan. 7, 2022.