Vaccine boosters and breakthrough infections following vaccination both provide a substantial and potentially pandemic-breaking immunity against COVID-19, according to new laboratory research from Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU).     The study, published Wednesday in the journal Med, is the latest in a series of OHSU discoveries using blood samples to characterize immune response … Read more

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) reported Tuesday that an adult resident of Harris County died after being diagnosed with MPV or monkeypox virus. The case is under investigation to determine if monkeypox was the cause. DSHS said the patient was “severely immunocompromised” and maintains that infection for most people is not life-threatening.  … Read more

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) announced it has received a shipment of 14,780 doses of the two-dose JYNNEOS monkeypox vaccine on Monday. The delivery from the federal Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) supplements a 3,000 dose supply received earlier this month.      DSHS has established a Vaccine Allocation and Ordering System through … Read more

State of Reform sat down with Dr. Jennifer Shuford, the Chief Epidemiologist in Texas to discuss the recent rise in public health threat levels across the state, especially in North Texas. With the number of infections and hospitalizations on the rise statewide, she shared guidance on how Texans can protect themselves and their communities in … Read more

STATEWIDE (June 17, 2022) — Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is hosting vaccine clinics at a variety of Pride and Juneteenth community celebrations as it continues its statewide COVID-19 vaccination efforts this week. These events are part of CDPHE’s continuing commitment to health equity, meeting people where they are and eliminating barriers to … Read more

The Washington State Department of Corrections received a “failing” grade for its response to COVID-19, according to a new report by the Prison Policy Initiative.      The report compiled data and evaluated pandemic responses in prison systems from all 50 states, evaluating them on four categories related to the state’s efforts to limit transmission … Read more

In response to Gov. Jay Inslee’s stringent vaccine mandate announced earlier this month, the Washington Federation of State Employers (WFSE) filed a lawsuit against the governor in Thurston County Superior Court on Thursday in an attempt to stop the mandate from being implemented.      The mandate, which would require most educators, health care workers, … Read more

The Maryland Department of Health has released a list of nursing homes ranked by the percentage of staff who have received a COVID-19 vaccination. The list is derived from the Skilled Nursing Facilities Vaccination Dashboard which was launched on May 4 by the Maryland Department of Aging.  State of Reform spoke with Maryland Department of … Read more

It’s an odd time in COVID. Public opinion has turned gloomy, with Gallup reporting that more people are pessimistic about the future of COVID and getting the disease than are optimistic. That’s the first time since January that more folks are worried than hopeful. Moreover, 1 in 3 vaccinated individuals are now “somewhat” or “very worried” … Read more