making sense of the covid-19 vaccine series

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Women’s health and wellness Panel

Immigrant & Refugee Resources panel

Informed Choice and Personal Autonomy is at the Center of this Conversation

CLIP: Importance of Making an Informed Choice

Dr. LJ Punch, Founder of The T and physician consultant with PrepareSTL, explains how informed choice and personal autonomy should be at the center of this discussion about the COVID vaccine.

CLIP: Understanding the Challenges of COVID-19

Dr. LJ Punch, Founder of The T and physician consultant with PrepareSTL, provides background information about the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus infection and COVID-19 disease. COVID-19 spreads in the air and causes infection in the nose, lungs, mouth, stomach, intestines and eyes.

Vaccine 101

CLIP: Defining Herd Immunity

Dr. Stephen Liang, Infectious Disease Specialist and Associate Professor of Medicine in Washington University School of Medicine’s John T. Milliken Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, explains that “herd immunity” means that when enough people receive a vaccine, the infection is blocked from spreading within the community.

CLIP: Why Get Vaccinated?

Dr. LJ Punch, Founder of The T and physician consultant with PrepareSTL, emphasizes that the purpose of the COVID-19 vaccine is to prevent hospitalization and death from this disease.

CLIP: Vaccine 101 – How Do Vaccines Work?

Dr. Ebony Carter, Assistant Professor in the Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine at Washington University School of Medicine, provides and overview of how vaccines help your body fight the virus that causes COVID-19.

CLIP: How Do mRNA Vaccines Work?

Dr. Ebony Carter, Assistant Professor in the Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine at Washington University School of Medicine, explains how mRNA vaccines work.

CLIP: Difference Between Infection vs Disease

Dr. LJ Punch, Founder of The T and physician consultant with PrepareSTL, explains the difference between INFECTION and DISEASE. A virus like coronavirus causes an infection. A disease is your body’s response to an infection. The COVID-19 Vaccines prevent serious and symptomatic COVID DISEASE, not INFECTION. Even with the COVID-19 vaccine, it’s possible to get an infection and pass COVID to someone else. This is why it’s important to continue social distancing, wearing a mask and washing your hands, even if you choose to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

COVID-19 Vaccine Development, Effectiveness and Safety

CLIP: What does the COVID-19 Vaccine Prevent?

Dr. Stephen Liang, Infectious Disease Specialist and Associate Professor of Medicine in Washington University School of Medicine’s John T. Milliken Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, explains that the COVID Vaccine clinical trials were designed to answer the question “Does the vaccine prevent serious and symptomatic COVID-19?” The available  COVID-19 vaccines DO prevent serious and symptomatic COVID-19. However, the clinical trials did NOT ask if these vaccines prevent infection from COVID. If you have the infection, it’s possible to pass COVID to someone else, even if you have the COVID vaccine. This is why it’s important to continue social distancing, wearing a mask and washing your hands, even if you choose to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

CLIP: Why Did it Take So Little Time to Develop the COVID-19 Vaccines?

Dr. Ebony Carter, Assistant Professor in the Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine at Washington University School of Medicine, explains that the science behind Pfizer and Moderna’s COVID vaccines have been under development for many years, years before anyone knew about the COVID-19 pandemic.

CLIP: About the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) Vaccine

Dr. Ebony Carter, Assistant Professor in the Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine at Washington University School of Medicine, explains how the Johnson & Johnson vaccine works and its effectiveness in preventing hospitalizations and death due COVID-19.

CLIP: About the Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine

Dr. Stephen Liang, Infectious Disease Specialist and Associate Professor of Medicine in Washington University School of Medicine’s John T. Milliken Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, explains the safety and potential side effects of the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines.

CLIP: About the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine

Dr. Stephen Liang, Infectious Disease Specialist and Associate Professor of Medicine in Washington University School of Medicine’s John T. Milliken Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, breaks down the participant demographics and effectiveness of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.

CLIP: Pfizer and Moderna (mRNA) Vaccine Safety Monitoring and Studies

Dr. Stephen Liang, Infectious Disease Specialist and Associate Professor of Medicine in Washington University School of Medicine’s John T. Milliken Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, explains the safety and potential side effects of the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines.

CLIP: Can Vaccine Types be Mixed? 

Dr. Stephen Liang, Infectious Disease Specialist and Associate Professor of Medicine in Washington University School of Medicine’s John T. Milliken Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, explains that if you get a COVID-19 vaccine that requires two shots (Pfizer and Moderna), it is recommended that you get the same vaccine type for your first and second shots.

CLIP: Deciding Between Vaccines

Dr. Stephen Liang, Infectious Disease Specialist and Associate Professor of Medicine in Washington University School of Medicine’s John T. Milliken Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, discusses the difference between the Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines. Dr. Liang advises that if you do choose to get a COVID-19 vaccination, all three types will protect you from severe disease, hospitalization and death from COVID-19.

Reliable Resources and Debunking Myths

CLIP: Reliable Resources for Arabic Speakers

Dr. Osama Altayar, Instructor of Medicine in Washington University School of Medicine’s John T. Milliken Department of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology, shares a number of reliable, online resources with COVID-19 vaccine information in Arabic.

CLIP: Debunking Myths: COVID-19 Vaccine and Male and Female Fertility

Dr. Ebony Carter, Assistant Professor in the Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine at Washington University School of Medicine, debunks the myth that the COVID-19 vaccine impacts male and female fertility.

CLIP: Weighing the Benefit and Risk: Pregnant and Lactating People and the COVID-19 Vaccine

Dr. Ebony Carter, Assistant Professor in the Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine at Washington University School of Medicine, highlights the importance of weighing the risks and benefits of taking the COVID-19 vaccine for pregnant and lactating people.

Community and Mental Health Impact and Resources

CLIP: The Importance of Self Care

Shavanna Spratt, Creator and Host of Da Hood Talks podcast, emphasizes the importance of taking care of yourself first so that you can be available and able to help others in your community.

CLIP: The Collective Care Model

Brittany “Tru” Kellman, Executive Director & Lead Midwife at Jamaa Birth Village, explains the emotional and mental health prevention, awareness and intervention model and Collective Care Model.

CLIP: Impact on Teen Girls, Mental Health Needs, and Resources

Tracie Berry-McGhee, CEO and Founder of I Define ME Movement, talks about the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on teen girls and the kinds of resources that can help address these concerns.

CLIP: Impact of Community Voice

Shavanna Spratt, Creator and Host of Da Hood Talks podcast, stresses the importance of community voice when advocating for change in our communities.

CLIP: Mental Health Resources at Rung

Leslie Gill, President of Rung for Women, shares the mental health resources available for members of Rung for Women.

CLIP: A Call for Sustainable Solutions

Shavanna Spratt, Creator and Host of Da Hood Talks podcast, shares the importance of advocating for sustainable solutions to address challenges felt in the community.

CLIP: Mental Health: Needs and Impact on Perinatal Women

Brittany “Tru” Kellman, Executive Director & Lead Midwife at Jamaa Birth Village, shares her perspective on the needs and impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on women. Tru explains how Jamaa Birth Village provides peri-natal support amid the pandemic.

CLIP: Lack of Access to Support: Impact of COVID-19 on Women

Shavanna Spratt, Creator and Host of Da Hood Talks podcast, highlights how the COVID-19 pandemic has made it harder for people to access their support systems and programs, leading to fatigue and feeling mentally depleted.

Economic Impact and Resources

CLIP: Economic Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Women

Leslie Gill, President of Rung for Women, shares data about how women have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

CLIP: Impact of COVID-19 In the Workplace: Reskill Training, Career Support, Family-friendly Company Policies

Leslie Gill, President of Rung for Women, highlights the importance of reskill training, career support, and family-friendly company policies that will allow women to thrive in the workforce and recover from the dire economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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What Matters to me most podcast

A Clear View of COVID Vaccines
Dr. LJ Punch talks with Dr. Stephen Liang about COVID production, distribution and response.

Where We Go One, We Go All
Mama Cat, Founder of PotBangerz, talks with Dr. LJ Punch about how preparing healthy food for those in need in the Black community protects their health and well-being, especially during COVID.