COVID-19 Vaccine: Practical Clinical Considerations

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Are there people who should not receive COVID-19 vaccination? How should we advise pregnant women about vaccination? If someone develops COVID-19 after their first vaccine dose, should they receive monoclonal antibody? And what about the second dose? Does vaccination reduce viral transmission? If it does, why do we still need to wear masks and socially distance ourselves from others? Will booster vaccination be necessary and, if so, with what frequency? Should the identification of SARS-CoV-2 variants temper enthusiasm that the current vaccines will end the pandemic? When will international travel be safe?

This forum, held on 24 March 2021, aimed to address the issues on many clinicians' minds. Panelists included infectious disease experts Dr. Deborah Cotton (Annals Deputy Editor and Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology at Boston University), Dr. Carlos del Rio (Professor of Medicine, Global Health, and Epidemiology at Emory University), and Dr. Paul Sax (Professor of Medicine at Harvard University). View the program in the Video that accompanies this article to learn how the experts answered these and other questions.


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