Celebrate life events in the safest way this summer
Summer is on the way and some of you may be planning to marry or celebrate an anniversary, graduation, quinceañera, bat mitzvah , or other significant events. Celebrating life events in person is something many of us have missed during the COVID-19 pandemic.
With vaccination as a tool for protection, you may be able to start thinking about resuming these celebrations. Once Oregon meets the statewide vaccination target of 70%, many restrictions will be lifted, but hosting the safest event will still require precautions.
Here’s what to keep in mind when planning a summer celebration:
- Outdoor events are generally much safer than indoor events.
- Wearing face coverings slows the spread of COVID-19.
- Limiting capacity to allow for spacing between guests.
- Vaccination reduces the spread of COVID-19 and prevents severe illness and hospitalization in most people.
- Follow local guidance while risk levels remain in place. https://sharedsystems.dhsoha.state.or.us/DHSForms/Served/le3461.pdf
You’ll also need to follow Oregon Health Authority guidance for your event:
COVID-19 virus cannot be shed after vaccination
Some of you may be wondering if taking the COVID-19 vaccine can cause you to shed the virus that causes COVID-19.
Health experts agree that people who have received a COVID-19 vaccine cannot shed or release any of the vaccine components. In addition, none of the COVID-19 vaccines authorized for use in the United States contain a live virus so shedding the virus is impossible.
Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website to read more about COVID-19 facts.
For help understanding how to find a vaccine in Oregon visit the OHA webpage.