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.

Facing His Fear Lying Down

When Antonio Gonzalez showed up recently for his COVID booster, it was all he could do not to turn and walk out. But intent on doing his part to keep himself and others safe, he stayed – even though it meant he could pretty much count on passing out. Gonzalez suffers from trypanophobia – the fear of needles, a fear that has plagued him nearly all his life. 

Marking a Milestone

Hard to believe it’s been one year since COVID-19 vaccinations became available to the public, and people in Oregon haven’t been shy about rolling up their sleeves. In that time, 6.5 million shots have been administered here, giving Oregon one of the highest per capita vaccination rates in the country. That’s worth celebrating. It’s also worth noting that it may be time for a booster.

Vaccine Voices: ‘Opportunity to share happiness during these stressful times’

Oregon communities continue to impress, coming together in thoughtful, creative and giving ways to stay connected and healthy. On Dec. 10, Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) and the Latino Community Association (LCA) hosted a fun and successful vaccination event at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds. Nearly 250 adults and children received free COVID-19 vaccines, boosters and/or […]

New guidance recommends Pfizer or Moderna mRNA vaccines over Johnson & Johnson

The Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup has confirmed its support of the recommendation that people 18 and older receive an mRNA (Pfizer or Moderna) COVID-19 vaccine over Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine, given the greater effectiveness and stronger safety profile of mRNA vaccines.

Vaccine Voices: ‘I plan to be with my family more during the holidays.’

While seated in the observation area following her COVID-19 booster dose, Carolyn Smith of Park Rose used the time wisely by posting information on social media about the experience. She was, in fact, inside a former Kmart building in Gresham that had been transformed into a winter wonderland vaccination clinic located at 440 NW Burnside Rd.