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COVID-19 booster doses now allowed for all adults in Oregon

SALEM, Oregon (KTVZ) — Anyone 18 years and older in Oregon is now eligible for a COVID-19 booster dose, the Oregon Health Authority announced on Saturday.

“COVID-19 vaccines are safe, effective and free,” the announcement said. Today, the Oregon Health Authority authorized pharmacies, health clinics and other vaccine providers in the state to administer boosters. The state’s orders follow actions by the federal government and the Western States Scientific Safety Review Panel to approve more comprehensive booster eligibility. approve.

“Any adult who wants a booster can get one now, and that’s just the extra layer of protection we need,” said Rachael Banks, director of public health for the Oregon Health Authority.

Booster doses help people maintain strong immunity to disease for longer, OHA said. The first vaccine series builds the immune system to make the antibodies needed to fight the disease. Over time, the immune response weakens. A booster dose stimulates the initial response and usually leads to higher antibody levels that help people maintain their immunity for longer.

While booster doses are available to anyone age 18 and older, they are highly recommended for people over age 50, people age 18 and older living in long-term care facilities, and anyone who has received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Vaccinated people are eligible for a booster six months after they complete their first series if they have received a Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or two months after they receive their Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

“The more people who choose to get vaccinated, the safer our communities will be for all of us,” Banks said. “This review and subsequent approval of booster doses will help ease COVID-19’s grip on our communities and will ultimately save more lives.”

Read OHA’s quick facts or visit the boosters and third dose webpage for more information. Watch a video clip of Director Banks’ full statement here.

Read more at Oregon Vaccine News.

News from Governor Kate Brown’s office:

Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup Expands Eligibility for Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna Vaccine Booster Shots to All Ages 18 and Over

Booster doses support protection against COVID-19, especially for individuals at higher risk of hospitalization, serious illness
(Salem, OR) — The Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup today completed its review of the federal process and has recommended extending the eligibility of Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna for booster dose to all individuals 18 years of age or older who have completed their primary vaccination course. have completed. Individuals who have received the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine should receive a booster dose after at least six months. Individuals who have received a Johnson & Johnson vaccine should receive a booster dose after two months. The task force today confirmed to the governors of California, Nevada, Oregon and Washington.

The Oregon Health Authority will inform health care providers that booster dose administration for individuals 18 years of age and older can begin today.

The working group agreed with the FDA and CDC recommendations for booster doses:

  • All individuals aged 50 and over or residing in a long-term care facility should receive a booster.
  • All persons aged 18-49 can receive a booster.

Because unvaccinated individuals are at much higher risk for COVID-19 than those who have been vaccinated, the Working Group continued to strongly support vaccination against COVID-19 for everyone 5 years and older.

On Friday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved expanding booster shot eligibility for the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines, and the CDC confirmed that decision. The working group reviewed and confirmed the federal decisions during meetings on Friday evening and Saturday morning.

Washington, Oregon and Nevada joined the COVID-19 Scientific Safety Review Workgroup in California last October. The working group, composed of nationally acclaimed scientists with expertise in immunization and public health, simultaneously and independently reviewed the FDA’s actions on COVID-19 vaccines. It will continue to evaluate other COVID-19 vaccines during the federal process.

Statement from Oregon Governor Kate Brown:

“Starting today, any adult who wants a booster can get one. Vaccines are our way out of this pandemic. I’m committed to ensuring our most vulnerable Oregonians are protected from COVID-19 and ensuring equal access to boosters and the extra layer of protection they provide. If you still have questions about getting vaccinated, call your doctor or health care provider today to get your questions answered.”

Statement from California Governor Gavin Newsom:

“As we approach the winter season and another potential surge, it’s critical that people get their booster to bolster their immunity and protect themselves from COVID-19 — today’s federal announcement is critical to these efforts. It’s simple, all adults who have been vaccinated should go out and get their booster, period. “

Statement from Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak:

“COVID-19 boosters provide additional protection for Nevadans ahead of the holiday season. Boosters – along with making sure we have first, second and pediatric doses available – will help prevent cases, hospitalizations and deaths. I have great appreciation for the Western States Working Group for their continued work. I encourage all Nevada residents to get their COVID-19 vaccines as soon as possible.”

Statement from Washington Governor Jay Inslee:

Broad eligibility for COVID boosters is good news for Washington state. This extra level of protection will help reduce the number of cases, hospitalizations and deaths. I thank the Western States Working Group for their continued assessment and analysis of COVID vaccinations. I’m glad Washingtonians who want a booster shot can now access it and get extra protection during the winter and holidays.”

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