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ISID podcast: COVID travel passes

Lin Chen, MD of Mount Auburn Hospital joined a podcast from the International Society of Infections Disease to discuss what COVID-19 travel passes would look like and when and how might they be feasible. (ISID Podcast, September 2, 2021)

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‘If I wasn’t vaccinated, I wouldn’t be here’: Beverly city councilor recovering from breakthrough COVID case

Dominic Copeland, a Beverly city councilor, recently returned home from Beverly Hospital after being treated for COVID-19 and shared his story that highlights the importance of vaccines and staying safe during the pandemic. Robin Colgrove, MD of Mount Auburn Hospital, said that vaccinated people have about 20 times less likelihood of having severe disease or death than unvaccinated people. (CBS Boston, August 27, 2021)

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Johnson & Johnson says extra shot gives promising immune boost

A study submitted to medRxiv found that giving a booster dose of the Johnson & Johnson shot six months after primary vaccination results in a nine-fold increase of a crucial antibody response. Dan Barouch, MD, PhD of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, who helped in the vaccine development with his team but was not involved with this trial, said that boosting after six months appears to be safe, and boosts immune responses substantially. (Smithsonian Magazine, August 27, 2021)

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J&J vaccine booster shot raises antibody levels 9-fold, company says

A new study submitted to medRxiv found that giving a booster dose of the Johnson & Johnson shot six months after primary vaccination results in a nine-fold increase of a crucial antibody response. Dan Barouch, MD, PhD of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, who helped in the vaccine development with his team but was not involved with this trial, said that boosting after six months appears to be safe, and boosts immune responses substantially. (ABC News, August 25, 2021)

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Mass. doctor on how FDA got Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine approval done so fast

The FDA granted full approval to Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine. Brian Hollenbeck, MD of New England Baptist Hospital, discussed the difference between full approval and emergency authorization of vaccines and how full approval requires a larger data set and is the “gold standard seal of approval” from the FDA – in other words, the benefits outweigh the risk. (WCVB, August 23, 2021)

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Delta, other variants make ‘herd immunity’ harder to reach

Robin Colgrove, MD of Mount Auburn Hospital, discussed the idea behind the phrase “herd immunity” and how it’s a balance between how many people in the population are susceptible versus not susceptible to infection. For example, in a case where everybody in a population is vaccinated with a highly effective vaccine, the herd – the population – would be very resistant to infection spreading, Colgrove added. (Boston 25 News, August 23, 2021)

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IN YOUR CORNER: Mental health crisis post-COVID

At a mental healthcare forum hosted by State Senator Susan Moran and State Representative Mathew Muratore, Kevin Coughlin, President of Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital Plymouth, underscored the urgency of the crisis facing the mental health system, citing a significant rise in patient boarding arising from a lack of outpatient services and low insurance reimbursement. (Old Colony Memorial, August 18, 2021)