My colleagues at Laurelhurst Family Clinic and I have received both doses of the Covid-19 vaccine!
However, none of my personal or in-practice protocols and procedures will change -mask wearing, and hand washing remains a vital part of our lives, and will be necessary for some time to come. The vaccine is another way to protect ourselves from experiencing a severe case and reduce the strain on hospitals. There is currently promising data about the effectiveness of the vaccine in preventing community spread, but I am erring on the side of caution. Until we reach herd immunity (a currently unknown percentage), or have more information and data, we should continue being vigilant about hygiene, personal space and mask wearing.
- This great interview by Ira Flatow on Science Friday: How Did A Vaccine Get Developed In Less Than A Year (1/15/21)
- CDC: Understanding Covid-19 mRNA Vaccines
- CDC: How Vaccines Work
- Local information on when you are eligible and how to schedule a vaccination appointment: https://govstatus.egov.com/OR-OHA-COVID-19 and https://all4oregon.org