Walk-in vaccinations available at many pharmacies

Making an appointment for vaccination is still the best way to limit your time waiting in line, but most pharmacies in Oregon are now offering walk-in vaccinations. If you are due for your second dose and are unable to get it at the site you received your first, you can walk in at most pharmacies […]

Nonprofit delivers badly needed hygiene products with love

LoveOne describes itself as a love-driven nonprofit serving neighbors in Clackamas County. The organization provides laundry services, showers, hygiene items, food and other services to people who need them in Oregon City, Milwaukie, Molalla and soon, Sandy.  They are one of the community-based organizations that Oregon Health Authority partners with to provide COVID-19 education, outreach and wraparound services. The urgent need for access to soap and running water […]

Oregon to resume Johnson & Johnson vaccinations

On April 24, the Oregon Health Authority announced that Oregon health care providers and pharmacies could resume administering the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine throughout Oregon.   This announcement came a day after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) lifted the pause that had been placed on the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine since April 13. The FDA and the Centers […]

Governor Kate Brown announces expanded eligibility

On April 2, Governor Kate Brown announced Oregon was expanding COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to include all household family members of frontline workers. She also announced that Oregon was expanding its criteria of underlying health conditions to match the CDC’s extended list. These changes will help reduce the racial and ethnic disparities in vaccination rates. The Governor also asked […]

Q&A: Multigenerational households and vaccination

People living in multigenerational households will be able to get vaccinated starting no later than April 5. Many of you have questions about who exactly qualifies in this category.  What counts as a multigenerational household?   This is a home where people from three or more generations are living. For example, if you are living in a household that […]

Vaccine Voices: Mary Richardson

Mary Richardson, a retiree from Portland, is a cancer survivor who lives in a multigenerational household and recently received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. She shares her vaccination story: I am a four-time cancer survivor. I had surgery in October and started chemotherapy in January. Knowing I am immunocompromised during a pandemic is beyond scary. […]

Federally Qualified Health Centers can vaccinate anyone they serve

As of March 26, all of Oregon’s COVID-19 vaccine-enrolled Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) can vaccinate anyone — regardless of whether they are outside the state’s currently eligible groups — to ensure the COVID-19 vaccines are distributed equitably to all people in Oregon. Oregon’s FQHCs reach people who might not otherwise have access to health […]

Study shows ‘these vaccines will keep people out of the hospital’

On March 29, the Washington Post wrote about an exciting study that Oregon participated in that shows the effectiveness of the mRNA vaccines in real life circumstances.  Dr. Paul Cieslak, a senior health advisor with OHA, says, “This study demonstrated that in real-world use, the mRNA vaccines are marvelously effective – 90% – in preventing SARS-CoV-2 infection as well as COVID-19 illness in frontline workers. These vaccines will keep […]

Facebook Live Q&A on vaccines and eligibility slated for Thursday

If you have questions about the most recent groups of people who are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, join us for a Facebook Live at noon Thursday, April 1. Check out the listing on Facebook to sign up for a reminder for the live event. You can also watch a recording afterward. 

Things to know for the week of March 29: Vaccine eligibility expands to Group 6

Having different types of vaccines can offer more options and flexibility for the public, jurisdictions and vaccine providers. For example, the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is easier to store and only requires one dose, which can make it useful for people who may have a difficult time returning for a second dose.  Since supply is still limited, getting vaccinated with the first vaccine available […]