Tuesday, January 19, 2021

"GETTING THE SHOT" (part 2)- with Rebecca Nazario

Prevention101.org is proud to introduce our next pandemic health support advocate, Mrs. Rebecca Nazario, vice president of Consultative Care for The Medical Group of ChristianaCare (a major Delaware healthcare provider and private employer).  With a longstanding leadership career in the healthcare industry, Rebecca is responsible for the strategic and operational direction of ChristianaCare's specialty services, including their Helen F. Graham Cancer Center & Research Institute, the Center for Heart & Vascular Health, and over 10 additional sub-specialty departments including Endocrinology and Neurology. This work includes bringing to life their momentous initiatives around Population Health for the Delaware community and its surrounding areas.  

Through LinkedIn, we recently noted Mrs. Nazario's efforts to shed light and add support to ChristianaCare’s efforts to roll out the vaccine to employees – which ChristianaCare refers to as “caregivers” and the community. She modeled these efforts both by getting vaccinated and helping her colleagues register for the first dose of the vaccine. 

A Move Towards Progress...TOGETHER!
Getting the vaccine is a key way that we can protect ourselves, our families, our community and our colleagues. The vaccine is safe and effective. Although its development happened quickly, it went through all the same kinds of testing and rigorous approval that any vaccine does.  

I posted my selfie on LinkedIn "getting the shot" because there's so much apprehension out there... especially in our minority communities.  As a Cuban American I know there’s a lot of the mistrust and fear is based on rumors that run rampant through our communities, not the science.  I strongly believe we can lead through example, and a picture is worth a thousand words! My goal is to be a small drop that creates a lot of ripples that ultimately instills more confidence. We need to empower each other to pass that message along, and dispel the rumors in whatever way possible.

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It will take time to get everyone vaccinated. Therefore, in order to maintain the progress we are making in this pandemic we need to ensure we are also inhibiting further spread of the virus. Everyone can do this by wearing our masks properly when in public or around others, maintaining good hand hygiene with frequent washing or sanitization, and remaining socially distant when necessary.    

One other strong recommendation I have is that if you have any questions or concerns about the vaccine, or you want to get more specific information about what this process would mean for you, speak to your primary care provider. Your primary care provider can be a great resource for information, especially applicable to your specific healthcare needs and concerns. If you do not have one, now is the time to get one. If you are worried about going to a doctor's office and getting exposed, it’s important to know that many hospitals and doctors’ offices now offer virtual visits through your phone or computer. ChristianaCare, for example, developed a strong virtual primary care practice, as well as subspecialty access to virtual visits for many specialists, like an endocrinologist for diabetes or a behavioral health specialist for behavioral health needs, so you can access timely care. 

Remember that through knowledge and communication you can keep yourself and your loved ones safe and healthy. 

ChristianaCare has been vaccinating its caregivers and the community during the COVID-19 pandemic. These sample video clips are part of their Covid-19 Vaccine FAQ section.  It is filled with the most insightful information about this treatment protocol. For more videos on this topic, visit: https://christianacare.org/coronavirus-vaccine/
 After the vaccine, do I still need to wear a mask? YES. Not enough information is currently available to say if or when CDC will stop recommending that people wear masks and avoid close contact with others to help prevent the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19. The combination of getting vaccinated and following CDC’s recommendations to protect yourself and others will offer the best protection from COVID-19. 

What side effects can I expect? It is important to know that the side effects are your body’s way of telling you that it is mounting an immune response to protect you from COVID-19. Data from the clinical trials, which included tens of thousands of participants, show that side effects of the vaccine are typically mild, and they are more common after the second dose than the first dose. 
For more information, visit www.cdc.gov/coronavirus


NYCRA NEWS and PREVENTION101 continues its mission to share the viewpoints of experts, renowned educators and health advocates in the spirit of expanding public knowledge. For this series, we connect with healthcare worker Dr. Michael Schulder, a leading Northwell Health neurosurgeon in Manhasset, NY. He is one of the first to share his insights and his personal research on the safety and efficacy of the recently deployed Coronavirus vaccine. Dr. Schulder also addresses his views on public skepticism about the vaccine over some of the unknown factors of the coronavirus. He shares his confidence in the science and the preventive strategy of the vaccine as well as its social impact on the global stage.  See Feature article

All research and testing programs undergo an evolutionary staging of its data-gathering and problem solving approach. In the case of testing for the physiological effects of Covid-19, researchers have employed standard medical diagnostic protocols from genetic/blood testing to biopsies to all available medical imaging devices) to gather all necessary data.  These protocols independently and in concert provide the necessary answers leading to treatment, prevention and early detection.  (See Feature article)

Ever since the early pandemic, when quite a few healthcare providers got sick, INFECTION CONTROL was really consistent with what you needed in order to operate in a clinical area, whether it's COVID or any other event. The routine mask wearing regular hand-washing and gown donning has gotten us all through.  Based on TONS of epidemiologic data, which shows that the incidence of infection and transmission plummets when you have a certain percentage of people even wearing standard masks. ...If everybody around you is wearing a mask, (as well as you) the dual mask wearing is as good as if one of you had an N95 to protect themselves. And the reason for that is because those tiny droplets that you can inhale are bursts from larger droplets. And if you're wearing any covering the big spindle or the large droplets that emit when you talk, they all get trapped in those standard masks. They're actually quite protective. 

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