Beacon COVID survivor makes plea to get vaccinated

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."

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Medical Minute: What FDA approval of vaccine means for 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.

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Medical Minute: Had COVID? Yes, you still need to get vaccinated.

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.

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Medical Minute: Do children really need the COVID-19 vaccine?

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.

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