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Kids, the COVID vaccines and clinical trials

Kids, the COVID vaccines and clinical trials

March 9, 2021

Children are the key to reaching herd immunity, but those younger than 16 are not yet eligible to receive the COVID vaccines. Clinical trials are underway testing the efficacy of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines in children. But, what does that mean for you and your family, as well as reaching community immunity? Drs. Charles Schleien and Henry Bernstein discuss.

Meet the experts

Dr. Schleien is the senior vice president and chair of the pediatric services at Northwell Health

Dr. Bernstein is a member of the Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices (ACIP) for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and a pediatrician at Northwell Health

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Breaking down the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine

Breaking down the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine

March 5, 2021

With a valuable third vaccine offering protection in the battle against COVID-19, Onisis Stefas, PharmD, Northwell's chief pharmacy officer, discusses how the J&J vaccine works, its efficacy and what it means for relieving the pandemic. 

More from Dr. Stefas

Dr. Stefas explains the science behind Pfizer and Moderna's mRNA COVID-19 vaccines: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t9mJa-V9r0c&list=PLOylAPfMBafmhQIwY75QbOzNcQEpz5tEr&index=7
 
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Health care heroes reflect on one-year anniversary of first COVID-19 patient

Health care heroes reflect on one-year anniversary of first COVID-19 patient

March 2, 2021

On March 2, 2020, Northwell Health saw its first COVID-19 patient. In a round table discussion, its CEO and two frontline heroes reflect on the year that followed on this special episode of the podcast.

  • Michael Dowling, president and CEO
  • Mangala Narasimhan, DO, vice president of critical care services
  • Sandra Lindsay, RN, intensive care unit (ICU) nurse at Long Island Jewish Medical Center and the first person in the United States to receive the COVID vaccine.

Each share who some of their heroes are, how COVID-19 affected them personally, their memories from the early days of the pandemic in New York and the hope that the vaccines now bring. 

 

Infectious disease expert talks new COVID-19 vaccines and variants

Infectious disease expert talks new COVID-19 vaccines and variants

February 26, 2021

While new variant strains of COVID-19 present new challenges, Bruce Farber, MD, chief of division of infectious diseases, says he remains optimistic. On this episode of the podcast, he talks about the potential impacts on the pandemic and how effective vaccines, including the Johnson & Johnson single-dose shot currently awaiting authorization, will be against these new variants.

More from the experts

Dr. Farber explains what to expect after getting the COVID-19 vaccine: side effects; immunity; what our new normal will look like; and more: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QEp6iYqWn9c&t=12s

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A cardiologist covers COVID-19

A cardiologist covers COVID-19

February 23, 2021
When she's not treating patients as the assistant director of the Women's Heart Program at Lenox Hill Hospital, cardiologist Tara Narula, MD, is covering the news as the senior medical correspondent for CBS News. During the first wave of COVID-19 in New York, her role as reporter took on new significance for her. On this episode, she covers: 
  • The stories that defined 2020
  • Practicing medicine during a pandemic
  • COVID-19 long haulers
  • Women's Heart Month
  • Supporting female physicians through mentorship
Beyond vaccines — the need for more COVID treatments

Beyond vaccines — the need for more COVID treatments

February 17, 2021
More research and clinical trials are needed to develop COVID-19 treatments, says Kevin Tracey, MD, President of the Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research. The "father of bioelectronic medicine" talks:
  • COVID’s impact on medical research 
  • What medications exist — remdesivir, convalescent plasma, monoclonal antibodies, etc. 
  • Research studies underway 
  • What we need to prepare for future pandemics

 

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COVID-19 vaccine can boost mental health, too

COVID-19 vaccine can boost mental health, too

February 10, 2021

The COVID-19 vaccine is a turning point in what has become a mental health crisis. Manish Sapra, MD, executive director for behavioral health at Northwell Health, and Mayer Bellehsen, PhD, director for the center for traumatic stress, resilience and recovery, explain that the hope brought by the COVID vaccine enables all of us to begin the healing process - and why that is a process we will go through together. 

"This has been a long, protracted course, and what the COVID vaccine does it sort of sets the clock where we start taking that identity of being in recovery rather than just being a victim. It just gives a level of optimism that we can actually take a big step against a disaster like this."  

More from the experts

Read Dr. Sapra's op-ed on community recovery from COVID-19

Listen to Dr. Bellehsen discuss stress management

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Delivering the COVID vaccine in communities of color

Delivering the COVID vaccine in communities of color

February 4, 2021

Deb Salas Lopez, MD, discusses Northwell's initiative to help vaccinate Long Island's underserved communities that have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. Also, hear firsthand insight from Rev. Scott Williams, whose congregation at Memorial Presbyterian Church in Roosevelt welcomed the vaccine last week.

More from the experts

Dr. Salas Lopez writes about how to make community partnerships work

Read more about Long Island's vaccination efforts

Watch Dr. Salas-Lopez and Rev. Williams on CBS2 News

What transplant patients need to know about COVID vaccines

What transplant patients need to know about COVID vaccines

February 1, 2021

Transplant patients are at higher risk for COVID-19 and should get the vaccine, but only those using mRNA. Lewis Teperman, MD, director of transplant services for Northwell Health and vice chair of surgery at North Shore University Hospital, explains.

Organ transplants during COVID-19

Dr. Teperman led the American Society of Transplant Surgeons (ASTS) strikeforce, which wrote the blueprint on how to perform transplants safely during the pandemic. Read some of his insights

6 questions with Dr. Teperman on the COVID vaccine and transplant patients

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The COVID vaccines’ impact on public health

The COVID vaccines’ impact on public health

January 27, 2021
Zenobia Brown, MD, vice president of population health, discusses the latest with the coronavirus vaccine and all things public safety, from herd immunity to when we can get back to normal.
 
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More from the experts

Dr. Brown explains the often misunderstood intention of vaccines 

Addressing maternal morbidity and maternal mortality among Black women

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