Health Matters

COVID Vaccine

Guest: Dr. Bhavna Lall

COVID19 vaccines are now being administered in America. Dr. Bhavna Lall, an internal medicine physician in the Department of Clinical Sciences at the University of Houston College of Medicine says everyone should get vaccinated if possible.

“We must all do our part to end this global pandemic by taking the COVID19 vaccine when it is our turn. The vaccine doses will be free. The FDA and the CDC have deemed the current vaccines as safe and effective. There is no live COVID19 virus in them.

Both the Pfizer vaccine and Moderna vaccines are approved for adults, require 2 doses, and are near 95% effective in preventing symptomatic COVID19. Do not take any other vaccines within 2 weeks of receiving the vaccination. You should still take the vaccine if you have already had COVID.

Consult with your doctor over side effect concerns, or if you have a history of severe allergic reactions to vaccines or injectable therapies, or are pregnant or breast feeding. You should not take the vaccine if you have a history of severe allergic reactions to any components of the new COVID19 vaccines.

After getting the vaccine, continue to practice social distancing and mask wearing in 2021 until the majority of the country is vaccinated.

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