Pediatrician, Infectious Diseases Physician and Researcher. Focus on infections in kids with cancer @StJudeResearch. Views are my own.
Joined on 9 April, 2009
Lots of questions about the Covid-19 vaccines -- here are some of the more common ones, with my answers. Directed at clinicians, but probably something here for all. Any that we missed?
This is a *really* excellent FAQ on COVID vaccines! Lots of information, even for those with a lot of knowledge. Thanks @PaulSaxMD!!!!!
Confused by someone labeled "immunocompromised" and their infection risks? Same. So with guidance of our ID Mentors @PrathitKulkarni, @Cortes_Penfield, & @transplantID - @KatieBedardMD, Charmaine Mutucumarana and I created an Infections in Immunocompromised Hosts Schema
I love this "immunocompromise guide"! I'm giving it to my fellows today...
Q5. How can cities and states help overcome skepticism around the vaccine, especially in minority communities where trust in public health tends to be lower? #AskReuters
Replying to @KrutikaKuppalli: This is very important. We need to engage people and communities at all levels. We should partner and work with truste…
I’m a health worker, and I have gotten infected by SARS-CoV-2. When would be safe be vaccined ? #AskReuters
When is it safe to get vaccinated after being infected with COVID-19? This is a million dollar question!!! It’s definitely *safe* as soon as your symptoms have resolved - @CDCgov says it’s ok to wait 90 days, because reinfection is rare during that period. #AskReuters
This is very important. We need to engage people and communities at all levels. We should partner and work with trusted members of communities, religious leaders and understand concerns. We need to meet people where they are and start from there #AskReuters
A3: My symptoms were super benign. A bit of a sore shoulder that was all for ~24 hours.
@CDCgov following closely, so when you get your vaccine sign up for V-Safe to make sure can track symptoms. They are collecting these data to help answer these ?s #AskReuters
People will see all sorts of “side-effects” being reported after the vaccines. It’s important to remain a little skeptical - sometimes things happen around the same time. There are several reports of “vaccine-associated flatulence” that I’m a little wary about… #AskReuters
People should definitely ask their doctor before getting a new vaccine if they’ve had a bad reaction to a previous shot, but there is no reason to think that there will be “cross-reactivity” they work in completely different ways!
Any debate about use of rapid antigen tests for screening well asymptomatic individuals for #SARCoV2 needs to acknowledge:
PCR may be more sensitive than LFTs BUT:
1. PCR is costly so not feasible for frequent testing of well asymptomatic except in wealthiest of settings
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