Houston Methodist, hospital that has delivered probably the most COVID-19 vaccines in Texas, solutions questions on distribution
HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) – After the country traveled a month in the vaccine era of the COVID-19 pandemic, numerous questions have arisen from the public about the distribution of the shots.
These questions range from the safety of the vaccine to when the public can get it.
Doctors at the Houston Methodist Hospital at Texas Medical Center addressed vaccination issues during a virtual town hall Friday morning.
Arianne Dowdell, Vice President and Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer of the Houston Methodist, joined the conversation with the hospital’s President and CEO Dr. Marc L. Boom, and the associated department head for hospital medicine, Dr. Victor J. Narcisse, at.
During the discussion, Dr. Boom that he expects to have more vaccines at The Woodlands and Sugar Land sites within the next week.
Boom also gave advice to those who were still unsure about whether to vaccinate, noting that one in 17 Texans has already received a vaccine.
He encouraged people who are dying to get their doses to be patient, and pointed out more types of vaccines that are expected to be made available to the public soon.
On the other hand, risks of the vaccine were also the subject of the presentation. Dr. Narcisse said that nearly 50% of those who received the injection experienced mild to moderate reactions.
During the question and answer period, doctors Narcisse and Boom said they received both doses and that they only had pain in their arms, similar to how they feel after their flu shot.
Those who have already been vaccinated should still wear a mask for several reasons, most notably because the vaccination is only about 95% effective for patients.
Another question that pops around in the minds of viewers is when children can be vaccinated and when they can safely go back to school.
Dr. Narcisse said health studies are currently ongoing in the Houston area and that children are being encouraged to participate, but it may take months for the CDC to approve something for children.
Speaking of the color communities, Narcisse said it was clear that COVID-19 had a disproportionate impact on minorities, with black Americans 1.4 times more likely to be ill.
He noted a particular suspicion between the medical community and minorities and shared a personal story about his grandmother being discriminated against because of the color of her skin.
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