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The COVID Vaccine Is Here! And Everyone Has Questions.

By: Jocelyn Guggenheim

No matter what brings patients in to see me in the past 6 months we always end up having the same discussion. It comes at the end of the visit when all the other questions and concerns have been addressed. “What do you think about the COVID vaccine?”

And in the two past months, since the development of, as of today, two safe and effective vaccines authorized for use against COVID-19 in adults, my answer has been easier and easier to provide. I am ecstatic!

Inevitably there are other questions, about how it works, whether they should get it, when they can get it, and a variety of others. I often tell my patients that I enjoy these questions because they make me feel like I’m on Jeopardy (I never know what category is coming up next) and they push me to ensure I have as much information as I possibly can, about what we know and what we don’t know about these vaccines.

The answers to most frequently asked questions already exist in reliable, fact-based websites. I like these two a lot: from Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and John’s Hopkins University. And it would be a waste of time here to re-write this excellent content. Click on the links here and try to avoid general Google searches (which will no doubt bring you to websites with fake content-making it hard to know what’s real and what’s not).

This blog would not be well served as another FAQ and, it’s not really what my patients and their families are asking when they ask me what I think about the vaccines. What they are really saying is “I know you, I trust you, what do YOU think about these vaccines?”

Jocelyn Guggenheim

Jocelyn Guggenheim

Jocelyn is a pediatric nurse practitioner as well as the Director of Clinical Operations and Director of the Pediatric Department at South Boston Community Health Center. She runs the New Moms Group and sees primary care patients from newborns to 21 years old in Pediatrics. Want to know more? Click here for more info or to schedule an appointment with her today!