119 Update: COVID Vaccination in Aging (5.14.21 Edition)


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By Leslie Kernisan, MD MPH, Leslie Kernisan, and MD MPH. Discovered by Player FM and our community — copyright is owned by the publisher, not Player FM, and audio is streamed directly from their servers. Hit the Subscribe button to track updates in Player FM, or paste the feed URL into other podcast apps.

In This Episode:

Dr. K provides commentary on the recent COVID developments, including the CDC s latest mask guidance for vaccinated people, plus updated information on the effectiveness and safety of COVID vaccination for older adults. She also addresses FAQs about coronavirus vaccination.

This episode covers:

  • Why Dr. K has some concerns about the recent CDC mask update
  • What to know about breakthrough COVID cases, which have affected nursing homes and are being undercounted
  • The question of whether vaccinated people can transmit COVID
  • Recent studies related to COVID safety & efficacy in older adults
  • Why immunocompromised people might not be protected by the vaccine, especially if they have a blood cancer or are on medications that affect their B cells or T cells
  • How to think about COVID risk: yours and you exposing others to COVID risk
  • Answers to FAQs, including:
    • Should I get vaccinated against COVID?
    • Should my 90 year old mother get the COVID vaccine?
    • How well does the vaccine work in older adults?
    • Which vaccine is best for older adults? Which vaccine is safest?
    • Should I worry that the vaccine might harm me (or my frail older parent)?
    • Should I worry that I haven t responded enough to the vaccine?
  • Dr. K s current recommendations regarding COVID vaccination and staying safe given current conditions

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