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How Do COVID, Vaccine Rollouts Continue To Impact The Region? Houston And Galveston Doctors Explain

We take a closer look at what’s happening with COVID at the community, city and county levels, including in neighboring Galveston County.


Dr. Joseph Varon comforts a patient in the COVID-19 care unit on Thanksgiving at United Memorial Medical Center on November 26, 2020 in Houston.


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You may remember seeing it.

A dramatic and all-too-real photo of a Houston doctor, covered in full PPE, embracing an elderly COVID patient on Thanksgiving Day.

It was posted on social media and went viral last fall, capturing a moment that epitomized the severe physical and emotional toll of this pandemic.

Today, we have that very doctor with us – Dr. Joseph Varon of United Memorial Medical Center. He updates us on the situation at his hospital and what he is seeing out in the community.

We also check in with Galveston County to hear about their vaccine rollout, as well as compare the different approaches to vaccination between the City of Houston and Harris County.

Plus, Dr. Scott Weaver of UTMB fields listeners' COVID and vaccine questions.

Guests are:

Dr. Joseph Varon:

  • Chief of Staff and Chief of Critical Care Services at United Memorial Medical Center

Elizabeth Trovall:

  • Houston Public Media Immigration Reporter

Dr. Philip Keiser:

  • Local Health Authority for Galveston County

Dr. Scott Weaver:

  • Director UTMB Institute of Human Infections and Immunity

Sign up for the Harris County COVID-19 Vaccine Waitlist

Sign up for the Galveston County COVID-19 Vaccine Waitlist

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While growing up in Chicago and Houston, Catherine’s love for art, music and creative writing was influenced by her teachers and parents. She was once concertmaster of the Clear Lake High School Orchestra and a four-time violinist of the Texas All-State Symphony. A graduate of the University of Chicago, Catherine...

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