In this week’s issue:

OSU Extension vaccination outreach and education updates

We Want to Hear From You

Be on the lookout for a request to complete a Qualtrics Survey of 10 short questions related to what you are hearing in your counties related to gaps/barriers to fuller vaccination, what you might be doing, and additional resources you may need to do that work more successfully.

Update of Vaccine Lower Among Older Adults in Seven Counties

With the state’s average vaccination rate at 70% for those over 65, seven counties have less than 50% uptake for older adults: Douglas, Gillam, Grant, Lake, Malheur, Morrow and Umatilla. The Oregon Health Authority thinks this is due to vaccine hesitancy, not access, and suggests we have more work to do to help people over the hump of vaccine hesitancy.

These counties are performing better than the average: Benton, Deschutes, Hood River, Lane, Lincoln, Multnomah, Polk and Tillamook.

Vaccine Eligibility

All individuals 16 and older in Phase 2 are eligible to be vaccinated for COVID-19 in Oregon, joining individuals in Phases 1A and 1B, groups 1-7. The Oregon Health Authority has a Get Vaccinated Oregon tool that helps you create an account and find a vaccination provider when you are eligible to receive a vaccine.

What’s Different for 16- and 17-Year-Olds

  • Pfizer is the only vaccine that is authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use by people under the age of 18.
  • Sixteen and 17-year-olds should look for appointments in locations that have access to the Pfizer vaccine.
  • allows you to search for locations that provide the Pfizer vaccine. Not all vaccine websites tell you what kind of vaccine is available. OHA is working to increase information about the type of vaccine that’s available.
  • There are some areas of the state where the Pfizer vaccine isn’t readily available. OHA is working to expand the availability of Pfizer throughout the state.
  • Under Oregon law, minors 15 and older may give consent to medical treatment, including vaccinations, provided by a physician, physician assistant, naturopath, nurse practitioner, dentist or optometrist, or others operating under the license of these providers, without the consent of a parent or guardian.
  • Most locations where COVID-19 vaccinations are provided have oversight by a medical provider who would meet the definition of the provider types listed above, and therefore consent of a parent or guardian shouldn’t be required for a 16- or 17-year-old who wishes to get the Pfizer vaccine. Providers administering COVID-19 vaccinations to 16- or 17-year-old people should make it clear at the time a vaccine appointment is made whether consent from a parent or guardian will be required.
  • The vaccine is free. You don’t need to have insurance to use it. If you do have insurance, you may be asked for an insurance card so that an administration fee can be billed to the insurance company.
  • You don’t need to bring proof of eligibility, identification, social security number or health insurance. Vaccine providers may ask if you live in Oregon or what kind of work you do.

For more information on vaccination for 16 and 17-year-old people, see the FAQ on OHA’s webpage.

About the Get Vaccinated Oregon (GVO) Tool

  • The GVO no longer accepts landline phone numbers as a method of contact. Using these automated calls as a response for the GVO was confusing to landline users who have been warned by the Oregon Department of Justice to be careful of automated calls. (For more on COVID-19 fraud schemes, consult this guidance from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General).
  • Anyone who registered for the GVO tool with a landline will be contacted for support with vaccine access. Many of those who registered in the GVO with a landline registered through 211. Anyone whose preferred method of contact is a landline can continue to call 211 for support in accessing vaccine (or toll free, 1-866-698-6155 or TTY dial 711 and 1-866-698-6155).

No Documentation Needed

It’s important to share these facts with your communities:

We’ve learned that some providers are asking for documentation at the time of vaccination. This isn’t allowed. While a request for your insurance provider is permissible, you don’t have to share that information nor need to be insured to receive the free vaccine. If you have insurance, the insurance company can be charged for the visit fee. For those who have insurance you may be asked to provide the name of the insurance company so they can be billed for that visit.

If you need support or information on resources for help you can call the Safe + Strong Helpline: 1-800-923-HELP (4357).

Information on documentation and cost of the vaccine has been added in English and Spanish on the OSU Extension COVID-19 topic page.

Pause in Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Continues

The Oregon Health Authority has asked all of the state’s vaccine providers to immediately stop administering the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, per the announcement from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Federal Drug Administration. This is out of an abundance of caution as they review a handful of cases of a rare and severe type of blood clot in women ages 18-48 after vaccination with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Facility

Another resource added to the COVID-19 topic page describes CDC guidelines on when disinfectant cleaning is needed and when soap/detergent and water will suffice.

Case Counts Rise Across the State

In the latest Oregon COVID-19 update on April 16, it was shared that daily cases of COVID-19 have more than doubled in just over a month.

  • Over the previous two days, OHA reported 1,576 new cases, the highest two-day total since early February.
  • The largest increased illnesses in Oregon are in people in their 20s.
  • The second biggest increase is in people in their 30s.
  • According to the CDC, hospitals around the U.S. are seeing more people in their 30s and 40s who have been admitted with severe cases as the virus continues to mutate.
  • Much of the spread we’re seeing in Oregon has been caused by large social gatherings where people aren’t physically distanced and aren’t wearing masks.
    • A multi-night karaoke event led to 36 cases, three hospitalizations and one death.
    • An indoor concert at a small music venue resulted in 15 cases.
    • All 10 people who attended a backyard gathering fell ill.

Please encourage those whom you speak with to stay safe.

In Memoriam

Gale Gingrich passed away Saturday night. He was the Marion County Field Crops Specialist until 2004.

Upcoming Wildfire Webinars

Jacob Powell, General Ag Extension Agent for Wasco / Sherman Counties is putting on a series of wildfire webinars for Ag communities coming up during May, which is National Wildfire Awareness Month. The first webinar is April 27th from noon to 1 pm on Wildfire Defensible Space for the Farm and Ranch, you can register here:

Additional webinars, also from noon to 1 pm include:

Livestock Evacuation during Wildfires – May 11, register here:

Beat the “cheat”: dealing with cheatgrass – May 18, register here:

Mitigating Wildfire Risk through Grazing and Taking an Inventory – May 25, register here:

Branded Extension Zoom backgrounds are now available

Branded OSU Extension Zoom backgrounds – mostly land, garden and seascapes – are now available for downloading in the “Marketing Templates, Tools and Inspiration/Ready-to-Use” Box folder (you will need to be logged in). Several of the backgrounds also include the 4-H emblem or Sea Grant logo. If you have suggestions for additional designs, please contact Ann Marie Murphy.

Professional Development Resources

Please check out the upcoming statewide professional development sessions, plenty of interesting sessions, past, present and future here.
There are currently no sessions planned for the next two weeks.

Digital marketing series – Going live on Instagram

Jen Rouse from University Housing and Dining Services will host a conversation on April 23 at 2 p.m. about going live on Instagram. Jen will share examples of what UHDS has done over the last few years and some of the tricks they have picked up along the way. The monthly sessions in the digital marketing series are intended to be low stress and opportunities for us to learn from each other. You don’t need to register in advance and can find the link to the Zoom session, at any time, on the series page.

Extension News and Impact Stories

Producing news and impact stories is the No. 1 priority for the Extension Communications’ news team, as we help you share how Extension is actively serving communities. This story was published in the last week:

We encourage active sharing of this story across Extension’s social media accounts and inclusion in appropriate newsletters. We will include recently published stories in Extension ConnEXTion each week. Feel free to browse the Extension website news section and Our Impact site as well, for stories that are relevant to your communities.

Do you have a story that you want to share? Contact Chris Branam, Extension Communications’ news and public issues education leader,

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

Thank you so much to the Extension faculty and staff who updated your web images to include the necessary photo credits. By the April 15 deadline your efforts led to 1200+ updated images!

Did you know that you can reuse images on the website or mark images not for reuse?

To reuse an existing image – search by keyword, title or filename – instead of uploading a new one.

When you find it, click the checkbox next to it. Then click the “Select” button at the bottom of the window.

Next, check if the image you want to reuse has a photo credit or if the caption it has works for your content.


If not, “remove” and select another image to reuse. When all set, save the page for the selection to take effect.

The web team will be cleaning up duplicate uploaded images for those who didn’t know about this “reuse” feature in the past. This will make it easier when browsing all the images in the future.

Finally, if you decide to upload a new image, you can select the don’t allow reuse checkbox before saving. This prevents others from using the image in other places. Use this if there are limited permissions to use the image.

Learn more about using images on the website.

Diversity Highlights

Please contact with any questions, or suggestions for Diversity Highlights content.

Statewide Events & Resources

Combating bullying and anti-LGBTQ attitudes in sports: April 21 Webcast
Former Beaver, NFL defensive tackle and LGBTQ advocate Esera Tuaolo believes in a more inclusive and diverse world of sports — from pro football to youth athletics programs. Hear about his personal challenges during a successful nine-season NFL career and about his anti-bullying work and education delivered through his nonprofit, Hate is Wrong. Join College of Liberal Arts Professor Susan Shaw in conversation with Tuaolo on April 21 at 5 p.m. PT. Register at

Show Me Your Colors: Sexual Violence & Its Impacts On LGBTQ+ Men: April 22 at 6 p.m. This event will focus on the lived experiences of men and men-adjacent people who are LGBTQ+ and survivors of sexual assault. We will be discussing the impacts of sexual violence on men and men-adjacent folks, as well as the sexualization of people across the LGBTQ+ spectrum. Register here.

Demonstrating a Culture of Care: Join us as we explain the meaning of a Culture of Care and share the resources at OSU that are available to employees and supervisors to demonstrate a culture of caring and support. This session is geared toward university employees and supervisors. Part of the Spring 2021 FYI Friday series: Friday April 23, 10-10:30 a.m. via Zoom. Registration required.

DEI In the News

OSU study: Rural-urban divide compounds racial disparities in COVID-19 deaths (KTVZ)
While Black, Hispanic, Latino, Indigenous, Asian and Pacific Islander people are more likely to die of COVID-19 than white people nationwide, a recent study from Oregon State University found the risk was even greater for racial and ethnic minority groups living in rural areas, compared with urban areas.

Working to bring equity, understanding to vaccination process (Unsung Heroes)
Oregon pharmacies are better equipped to bring empathy, equity, and effectiveness to the COVID-19 vaccination process and Latinx patients thanks to Oregon State University third-year pharmacy student Daniela Olivas Shaw.

Extension in the News

Starlings in Oregon are an invasive pest to some, a fascinating species facing ‘bio bigotry’ to others
The Register-Guard
On farms, starlings are most noticeable among the pest birds, said Jenifer Cruikshank, who works for the Oregon State University Extension Service focusing on dairy farms.

Mid-Willamette Valley Food Trail
Corvallis Gazette-Times
Proximity to Corvallis was a must because of the cooperative work Mason does with Oregon State University’s Extension Service.

Biological control of invasive weeds in pastures: A primer
Western Farmer-Stockman
Shelby Filley, Professor, PhD, PAS (Oregon State University Extension, Douglas County Regional Livestock & Forages Specialist) says some of the “bugs” that feed on a certain weed may already be there but we don’t notice them.

Prevention: Reaping the healthy benefits of gardening
The Register-Guard
You can also find lots of resources online, in books or by contacting Oregon State University Extension Service master gardeners.

Growing a garden correctly
Curry Coastal Pilot
Growing your own vegetable garden might seem like a daunting task, but with these tips and tricks from Oregon State University Extension Service, your homegrown carrots and tomatoes will be the talk of the neighborhood.

Interview: Author ‘Eileen Garvin’ Talks Her Debut Novel The Music Of Bees

Red Carpet Crash
I’m currently enrolled in the Master Beekeeper Apprentice Program with the Oregon State University Extension Service.

Douglas County School Garden Hub
The News=Review
This role is housed at Douglas County OSU Extension Service and serves any school or organization in the county who is interested in a school garden.

Warnock: Proper livestock handling a powerful tool
Capital Press
A team of experienced educators, led by Chris Schachtschneider, Oregon State University Extension range and livestock specialist, conducted the workshop.

Associate professor studies historical landscapes to prepare for future
Nevada Today
She is hoping to start a project in collaboration with her colleagues in Extension and Oregon State University to gather and distribute information to ranch owners to ensure they are prepared for rangeland fires.

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