Maria Galvez hopes that by sharing her story, someone reading this will get vaccinated. She didn’t. Her husband didn’t. They wore masks and thought they’d be fine. Maria was hospitalized with COVID for 20 days. Her nurses helped her say good-bye to her husband on an iPad at Memorial Hospital. “I thought I was going to die. I cry and wonder when, when can I get rid of this?” Maria says, holding up the nasal tube connecting to an oxygen tank in her South Bend home. “We all need to get vaccinated now. … We are killing ourselves, instead of helping ourselves.” Dr. Ismail Al-Ani, Critical Care Pulmonologist, reiterates how most patients who are dying from COVID or who become sick enough to be hospitalized are unvaccinated. "Please take it," he says. "If you are not thinking about yourself, think about your neighbor, or think about our hospitals."
The Pfizer vaccine today received full approval from the FDA. Dr. Dale Patterson, Vice President of Medical Affairs at Memorial Hospital, explains what "full approval" means, and he describes its importance given the current situation at hospitals in the Michiana area.
Dr. Laura Munkel, who specializes in obstetrics, gynecology and family medicine at Beacon Medical Group, explains why two leading Ob-gyn organizations are now recommending the COVID-19 vaccine for women who are pregnant.
Dr. Dale Patterson, Vice President of Medical Affairs at Memorial Hospital, discusses the efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccines and why it is important to be fully vaccinated if you do get exposed to the virus.
If you have had COVID, you might be thinking that you don’t need to get vaccinated. “Some people may be avoiding vaccination because they believe natural immunity will protect them. This is not necessarily true,” says Dr. Michelle Bache, Vice President of Medical Affairs at Elkhart General Hospital.
Dr. Mary Alice Reid, Pediatrician at Beacon Medical Group Goshen, talks about the importance of kids playing outside this summer. She also discusses what parents need to know about kids, masks and the COVID-19 vaccine.
Dr. Vincent Henderson, President of Beacon Medical Group, imagines what his father and grandfather would say about advancements in science and technology, as he assures us about the science behind the COVID-19 vaccine.
As masking guidelines change for fully vaccinated people, a Beacon registered nurse offers his perspective and an important reminder about mask requirements in health care settings.https://youtu.be/Z3gLuKhr354
Pediatric Pulmonologist Asad Ansari of Beacon Medical Group offers a message to parents about why it is important to have children vaccinated against COVID-19.https://youtu.be/cIgpmXjhQkI
As more young people become eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine, Beacon physicians are answering more questions from parents. Do children really need to get vaccinated? Dr. Jason Marker, associate director of Memorial Hospital Family Residency, offers his perspective.