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Here’s what we know about the Governor’s vaccine mandate ban, the cost of the pandemic and vaccines for young children

A pediatric infectious diseases expert and a health economist discuss vaccines for children under 12 and the cost of the pandemic. Plus, we dive into Governor Abbott’s latest executive order to prohibit vaccine mandates.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott (center) visits with Barbara Alexander of Bedford as she receives her COVID-19 shot from Arlington firefighter Andrew Harris at a mass vaccination site inside the Esports Stadium Arlington & Expo Center in Arlington, Texas, Monday, January 11, 2021. Alongside local and state officials, Abbott provided an update on COVID-19 vaccine efforts in Texas.

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Do you have young kids in your family who are the last ones waiting to get vaccinated ?

When will the FDA approve Pfizer's request for emergency use of vaccines for children under 12?

What do you need to know about the vaccine and boosters?

And what is the future of healthcare costs in the post-COVID world?

Today, we discuss all these issues and more with medical and policy experts.

Plus, we unpack Governor's Abbott's new executive order prohibiting vaccine mandates in the state of Texas.

What does it mean for Texans and Texas businesses?

And how might this issue play out in the Third Special Session of the Texas legislature?

Guests:

Dr. Joshua Blank

Dr. Michael Chang

  • Pediatric infectious diseases specialist at UTHealth and Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital

Dr. Vivian Ho

  • James A. Baker III Institute Chair in Health Economics
  • Director, Center for Health and Biosciences at Rice University

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