FOX32: Health officials concerned over potential St. Patrick’s Day celebrations

Dr. Jain spoke w Fox 32 Chicago this am. Key points

🌟 Don’t roll back mask mandates! We are in a race for vaccines in arms before variants spread out of control or new variants arise
🌟 Plan a virtual or distanced #StPatricksDay
🌟 We may see older kids vaccinated by the end of the year. Right now the Pfizer vaccine is available to 16 and older
🌟 Vaccines for kids important but not necessary to reopen schools
🌟 If you had an arm rash after Moderna shot 1 it likely won’t happen after shot 2
🌟 If you are vaccinated you can gather with a few other vaccinated individuals and likely even gather with those vaccinated individuals without a mask. BUT remember we still don’t know if vaccinated ppl can transmit #COVID19 yet so know your risk and other potential exposures. Especially if you live with people who are not vaccinated.
So in summary, please stay masked up a little longer! If we want to reopen our businesses and the economy and keep them open we must double down on things we know work! Wearing a mask. Not gathering indoors.

You can watch it here

About Shikha Jain, MD FACP

I am a practicing, board-certified hematology/oncology physician in Chicago. I speak on topics ranging from the impact of social media on healthcare, how physicians can utilize social media, how to write Op-eds in the medical world, gender equity and barriers to career advancement, and topics in GI oncology and immunotherapy. My goal is to explain complicated topics in simple terms. I also enjoy writing and you can find some of my writing on this site. I am a mother to three amazing kids and married to a gastroenterologist. I look forward to connecting with you.

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