The University of Michigan is hosting a virtual discussion on vaccines and rising numbers
ANN ARBOR, me. – The University of Michigan hosted a panel of experts Thursday morning to discuss vaccines and the current surge in Michigan.
Original Story: University of Michigan Infectious Disease Experts Host Virtual Discussion on COVID-19 Vaccines
Included was Dr. Arnold Monto, the chairman of the FDA advisory committee that recommended approval of the current COVID vaccines.
He said it will take nothing less than a community effort to fight the virus.
“We need to realize that it’s not just a duty for you to get vaccinated, it’s a duty for the community,” said Monto.
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Many parents asked the panel how best to protect children who cannot yet be vaccinated. Monto said it was important to prevent infections in the adults around her.
“Sooner or later we will be able to vaccinate in old age, but right now that’s another reason everyone else should be vaccinated,” said Monto.
Other experts warned that the rise in cases also increases the risk for those vaccinated.
“If you have rates as high as we do in the state right now, we’ve talked about 90% effective remedies, if you got 100 cases you would get 10 cases in people who were vaccinated, but if if you got a thousand cases you will get 100, ”said Dr. Sandro Cinti, Clinical Professor of Infectious Diseases, Michigan Medicine and Ann Arbor VA Health System
Another focus was to make it easier to get the vaccine.
“Sometimes hesitation isn’t real hesitation, but they don’t want to spend an hour, or they don’t have the option to spend an hour on the internet looking for an appointment,” said Dr. Emily Martin, Associate Professor of Epidemiology in the University of Michigan School of Public Health. “It’s up to us to get the vaccine to the people and meet them where they are.”
Monto said the best way to prevent more deaths is to prevent infection.
“People are still dying from this disease and we have no magic bullet to treat it,” said Monto.
All panel experts are fully vaccinated, but they said they have made little changes to their behavior so far due to the high virus rate in the community and to protect their families.
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