Vaccinate Dialysis Patients

Angie Szumlinski News

The Biden Administration is announcing a new partnership with dialysis clinics to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to people receiving dialysis and health care personnel in outpatient dialysis clinics. Kidney disease disproportionately affects racial and ethnic minorities as 34% of patients on dialysis are Black and 19% are Hispanic. People on dialysis who contract COVID-19 often have severe health outcomes and have …

Everyone Vaccinated by the End of May

Angie Szumlinski News

Vaccine distribution nationwide continues to ramp up, with nearly 2-million shots being given daily. President Biden has now said that every adult could be vaccinated by the end of May. A big promise that brings with it hope, a light at the end of the COVID-19 tunnel. That said, the question remains; when will COVID vaccination be as simple as …

Fauci – Two-Shot Strategy

Angie Szumlinski Health

There has been a lot of debate over which vaccine is most effective, has fewer side effects, if you can mix the two different two-dose brands, etc. But more recently there has been active debate on whether a single dose of a two-dose vaccine is as effective as the full two doses. In the Washington Post newspaper, Dr. Fauci is …

Good News!

Angie Szumlinski Health

All major indicators of COVID-19 transmission in the United States continue to fall rapidly. Weekly new cases have fallen from 1.7 million at the national peak in early January to fewer than 600,000 the week of February 18, 2021, and cases have declined in every state. As we’ve seen at many points in the pandemic, case numbers are changing most …

Second COVID Vaccine Reactions

Angie Szumlinski Health, Studies

Immunologists and infectious disease experts say it is not unexpected that second-dose reactions to the Pfizer and/or Moderna vaccine are more intense than the first. “The first time the immune system comes into contact with something, it is getting primed” said Purvi Parikh, MD, an immunologist at NYI Langone Health in New York City. “That goes for everything, from vaccines …

Another Plus to Vaccinate

Angie Szumlinski Studies

In a study published in Nature Medicine, Pfizer’s mRNA vaccine, the first vaccine approved in the United States for use against COVID-19, neutralized three variants of the virus, including the B.1.1.7 strain first identified in the United Kingdom, and two new variants first confirmed in South Africa. University of Texas Medical Branch researchers engineered three COVID-19 viruses with the spike …

Heart Disease Vaccine Prioritization

Angie Szumlinski Health

The CDC’s phased approach to vaccine distribution puts all patients ages 16 to 64 with medical conditions that increase the risk for severe COVID-19 infection in the 1c category, citing heart conditions, hypertension, diabetes, and obesity among examples. However, the CDC made no attempt to stratify by levels of risk among those conditions. “A coherent vaccine allocation policy promoting the …

Mix it Up – The Vaccine Debate

Angie Szumlinski News, Studies

A U.K. trial has been launched to see if giving people different COVID vaccines for their first and second doses works as well as the current approach of using the same type of vaccine twice. The idea is to provide more flexibility with vaccine rollout and help deal with any potential disruption to supplies. Scientists say that mixing the vaccines …

Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People

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This is the first set of public health recommendations for fully vaccinated people. This guidance will be updated and expanded based on the level of community spread of SARS-CoV-2, the proportion of the population that is fully vaccinated, and the rapidly evolving science on COVID-19 vaccines. For the purposes of this guidance, people are considered fully vaccinated for COVID-19 ≥2 …

Moderna and Red Rash

Angie Szumlinski Health

An angry red rash being called “COVID arm” is a harmless but annoying response in some people who get the Moderna vaccine. Aside from sometimes being itchy, it doesn’t appear to be dangerous and people who get it should not hesitate to get their second dose of the vaccine. “We want to reassure people that this is a known phenomenon, …