Aclarando Dudas: La pandemia y la vacuna contra el COVID-19

El 27 de mayo OHA en Español tuvo su Facebook Live mensual sobre el COVID-19 y la pandemia. Nuestros panelistas y expertos en salud, Dra. Eva Gálvez de Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center, Carolina Mona Keene de La Clínica Health Centers y Juan Ramírez de Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic contestaron a las preguntas más […]

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 […]

What is a front-line worker?

Many workers have been on the frontline providing food, gas, medicine and important services throughout the pandemic. Frontline workers are eligible for vaccine now. If you’re wondering whether you are considered a frontline worker, here’s a video that may help you decide. This article first appeared in the April 14, 2021 issue of Oregon Coronavirus Update.

Vaccine Voices: Former Oregon State Sen. Margaret Carter

At today’s news conference Governor Brown shared a video of former state Sen. Margaret Carter receiving her vaccine earlier this morning. Before taking the vaccine, Sen. Carter said, “One of the reasons I’m so ready is I want our community to know I am taking this shot and it’s safe and even though we have […]

Vaccine Voices: Marta Guembes Herrera

As a longtime community health worker, Honorary Vice Consul and Consul of Guatemala for more than 20 years, a leader and advocate in the Portland Metropolitan area, Marta Guembes Herrera has worn many hats. Guembes Herrera has called Portland her home for 30 years and raised her children here. She is passionate about humanitarian rights […]

How a vaccine goes from an idea into reality

Check out this video about the COVID-19 vaccine inspired by Schoolhouse Rock’s iconic “I’m Just a Bill” cartoon. The video, created by created by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, explains the steps through Phase 3 clinical trials — and shows how a hypothetical vaccine against COVID-19 gets developed. This article first appeared […]

Quick but careful: The extensive testing of the COVID-19 vaccines

The COVID-19 vaccines developed by Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna were released faster than any vaccine in history.  Luckily for people in the U.S., that speed didn’t replace integrity.  The COVID-19 vaccines were evaluated extensively in large-scale clinical trials. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires rigorous safety testing before it will approve any vaccine. Tens of thousands of people from many backgrounds and ages, including Oregonians, participated in vaccine testing.  Even though vaccines […]

Vaccine Voices: To provide the best, safest care possible

Brooke Kyle MD, an OB/GYN in in Eugene, told us she got the vaccine because she cares about the pregnant mothers she treats, and their babies.   “I want to provide them the best, safest care possible,” said Dr. Kyle. “The vaccine is safe and effective. I eagerly want to see the little siblings and partners at OB visits, as this pandemic […]

In case you missed it: Watch the Facebook Live video on COVID-19 vaccines

OHA held a Facebook Live Q and A on COVID-19 vaccines on Feb. 18. You can watch the video here. Time stamps for the video are available below: 10:23: When will people with compromised immune systems be able to get the COVID vaccine? 12:04: Was the vaccine tested on disabled people in the trials? 11:49: […]

Facebook Q&A: COVID-19 vaccine questions answered

Many of you have been following the development and distribution of the COVID-19 vaccines closely and have asked us some great questions about them. In December, we held a Facebook Live event with Public Health Director Rachael Banks, and Senior Health Advisor Dr. Paul Cieslak, to answer your questions. Here are the time stamps for the questions […]