Have you gotten your shots of COVID-19 vaccines and boosters already? If not, what’s stopping you from doing so?

About two years ago, people had this thought that those who are going to get themselves vaccinated are soon going to grow a third arm and start walking like zombies. Unfortunately, it has spread so fast and people actually believed it, causing them to not get their shots.

But as we get closer to flu season, still with this pandemic going around, imagine getting both flu and the COVID disease. That is indeed scary; something I wouldn’t wish to happen to anyone.

But if we really intend to protect ourselves, we should understand the importance of these vaccines in our fight against the pandemic.

Join me today as I talk about the recently approved bivalent vaccine


Dr. Berry Pierre is a Black Doctor, a Father, and an Educator, who has made it his mission to empower you to take control of your health one disease at a time. He is a board-certified Internist, and he hosts “Medicine Mondays” and “Real Physician Reacts”.

In this episode, Dr. Berry opens our hearts and minds unto why it’s of much importance that we get our vaccines and boosters now, especially as we get closer to cold and flu season, in line with the recently approved bivalent vaccines that will help protect ourselves even more from new COVID subvariants.


Why you need to check out this episode:

  • Understand that COVID is something we’re going to have to live with, and getting out of this pandemic doesn’t equate to a certain number of cases;
  • Recognize the importance of the new bivalent vaccines in our fight against the recent COVID subvariants that have emerged; and
  • Find out who is eligible to receive this bivalent booster from Moderna and Pfizer, when should you get it, and if it’s safe for the public

“Go ahead, schedule your appointment with your local pharmacy. Get your COVID booster, especially at a time where the government involvement is still there, aka they’re paying for it, because once this thing gets private – and it will go private – and all of a sudden, you need to be insured to get a COVID booster, it could get very, very scary. I don’t want y’all to worry about that. Get yourselves taken care of.”

– Dr. Berry Pierre

Topics Covered:

00:24 – Living with COVID: Are you ready for your COVID boosters this fall? How do we really get out of this pandemic?

02:30 – An Overview: Discussion around the numbers on COVID-19 cases and deaths both worldwide and in the United States

05:18 – Check This Out: Dr. Berry talks about the statistics for COVID vaccinations as he addresses the mis- and disinformation around vaccines, especially the one where people think we’d be zombies after getting vaccinated

08:06 – It’s Going to Happen: Showing Dr. Fauci’s statement on the screen about the need to have annual COVID vaccines, with upgraded boosters – bivalent ones – coming out at present

12:27 – FAQs: Which companies are approved with emergency authorization on the bivalent vaccines? Who among the general public are eligible to receive the vaccine, and when can they get it? Is it safe? Why do we need to have it nowadays?

15:47 – Get Your Vaccines and Boosters: “It’s our job, our goal, to make sure that yes, it may rise, but it never rises, hopefully, to that level of the height of the Omicron variant, because that is where it was scary.”

Notable Quotes:

“For those who are looking for certain markers to say,yes, we are finally getting out of this pandemic,’ I can assure you that having a consistent number of cases and a consistent number of deaths are not a recipe for someone who is out of the pandemic.” – Dr. Berry Pierre

“It’s important, especially from a healthcare, a public health perspective, to understand why have we gotten to the point where now we’re having discussions of annual COVID vaccines.” – Dr. Berry Pierre

“If you’re not vaccinated and you get the disease, you’re worse off than when you are vaccinated and you get the disease, especially from this new COVID subvariant.” – Dr. Berry Pierre

“We are specifically targeting those two subvariants because if we specifically target the subvariants that are causing the biggest ruckus, guess what? Our cases will drop. The numbers will drop and the deaths will drop. That’s going to happen. We have to try to attack it at its best to decrease its chance of reproducing all over again.” – Dr. Berry Pierre

“It’s our job, our goal, to make sure that yes, it may rise, but it never rises, hopefully, to that level of the height of the Omicron variant, because that is where it was scary.” – Dr. Berry Pierre

Resources:

Real Physician Reacts episode: Annual COVID-19 Vaccinations on the way!!

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