Vaccine Voices: Rosa Ochoa; Increase in SNAP benefits continues

Rosa Ochoa and her family were eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine because they are in Group 3 of Phase 1A. Rosa shares her story in English and Spanish: 

Hi, my name is Rosa Ochoa andwe are a family of five. We live in Medford, a small town in Oregon. Our health and the health of my youngest child who experiences a disability are very important to us. When we learned that we were eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, we called to make an appointment. It was not easy since the first barrier was that there was no information in Spanish. Receiving the information in my language is an important factor to know what steps to take and the precautions to follow. We all deserve to have access to information in our language so we can feel safe and make an informed decision. A lack of information should not be the reason we decide against the vaccine. After having access to information in Spanish and receiving the vaccine, my family and I feel safe and reassured that everything will be fine.

Hola, mi nombre es Rosa Ochoa y somos una familia de cinco. Vivimos en Medford, un pueblo pequeño de Oregon. Para nosotros es muy importante nuestra salud y la salud de mi hijo menor que experimenta una discapacidad. Cuando supimos que éramos elegibles para recibir la vacuna contra el COVID-19 llamamos para hacer una cita. No fue fácil, ya que la primera barrera fue que no había información sobre la vacuna en español. El recibir la información en mi idioma es un factor importante para saber qué pasos tomar y las precauciones a seguir. Todos merecemos el acceso a la información en nuestro idioma para sentirnos seguros y así tomar una decisión informada. La falta de información no debería ser la razón que nos hace decidir no vacunarnos. Después de obtener la información en español y recibir la vacuna, mi famila y yo nos sentimos seguros y tranquilos de que todo va a estar bien.

Para obtener información sobre la vacunación contra el COVID-19 de Oregon en español, haga clic aquí o mande un mensaje de texto con ORCOVID al 898211. 

For information about Oregon COVID-19 vaccination in English, click here or text ORCOVID to 898211. 

Family of five and a dog posed in front of fence next to a heart art piece.

Wondering about your food benefits this month?

The Oregon Department of Human Services (ODHS) will continue to offer increased food benefits in February 2021, to help Oregonians struggling as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This benefit increase applies to current Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients who are receiving less than the maximum allotment. Additionally, in response to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, there is also a temporary increase in SNAP benefits of approximately 15% for all recipients.

SNAP recipients do not have to take any action to receive additional benefits as they will be placed directly on their Oregon EBT cards.

More information is in a news release:

Graphic repeats details on SNAP benefits.