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Today's Takeaway with Florine Mark

Jan 18, 2021

With Dr. Trini Mathew, Director of Epidemiology and Infection Control at William Beaumont Hospital

Now that COVID-19 vaccinations are finally available to the general public, people want to know: 1) how to get the vaccine, 2) where to go, 3) whether it’s safe, 4) what are the possible side effects, and 5) should everyone get vaccinated? For answers to these questions and more, we’re going to be talking to our guest Dr. Trini Mathew, the Medical Director of Hospital Epidemiology and Infection Control at William Beaumont Hospital. She’s an expert in infectious diseases and international medicine and has been on the frontlines dealing with the pandemic. She’ll tell us everything we need to know about the COVID-19 vaccines. Enjoy this extremely informative conversation with Dr. Mathew.


What You’ll Hear on This Episode:


  • Who is receiving the vaccine first?
  • Advice on how to find out how/when you can get vaccinated.
  • Are there enough vaccines for everyone?
  • How was the vaccine available so quickly?
  • What is the difference between the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines? Do both require two doses?
  • What kind of reaction can you expect to the vaccine?
  • What does the vaccine protect us against?
  • If you’ve had COVID-19, are you now immune?
  • Can you still transmit the virus to others after you’ve been vaccinated?
  • How masks and other prevention efforts have curbed flu transmission.
  • If you just had the shingles vaccine, is it safe to get the COVID-19 vaccine?
  • Do you need insurance to get the vaccine?
  • Does diet and exercise help protect us against contracting the virus?
  • When does Dr. Mathew think the virus will be under control?



Today’s Takeaway: The long-awaited news that the COVID-19 vaccine is now available is so encouraging! For more information, be sure to contact your local physician or health department to find out where vaccines are being distributed in your area. Know where and when to go and be sure to MAKE AN APPOINTMENT. However, even after getting the vaccine we still need to practice prevention efforts like wearing masks, handwashing, and social distancing. We never know what tomorrow will bring and each day truly is a gift. We’re so lucky to have this day, so let’s take care to protect our physical, emotional, and mental health. We all need to work together to stay healthy and do our part to combat this pandemic. Be sure to eat well, exercise (even if it’s just walking up and down your stairs!), get enough sleep, and drink plenty of water. I’m Florine Mark and that’s “Today’s Takeaway.”

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Mentioned in This Episode:

Dr. Trini Mathew

William Beaumont Hospital