Houston Methodist, a hospital that has administered many of the COVID-19 vaccines in Texas, is answering questions on distribution

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) – After the country passed a month in the vaccine-era COVID-19 pandemic, numerous public questions about the distribution of the shots have emerged.

These questions range from vaccine safety to when the public can get it.

Doctors at Houston Methodist Hospital at Texas Medical Center answered vaccination requests during a virtual town hall held Friday morning.

Arianne Dowdell, Vice President and Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer of the Houston Methodist, along with the hospital’s President and CEO Dr. Marc L. Boom, and the Associate Head of Hospital Medicine, Dr. Victor J. Narcisse, took part in the conversation.

During the discussion, Dr. Boom, he expects more vaccines to be available at The Woodlands and Sugar Land sites in the next week.

Boom also gave advice to those still unsure whether to take the shot, noting that one in 17 Texans has already received a vaccine.

He encouraged people careful to be patient and pointed out additional types of vaccines that are expected to be made available to the public soon.
On the other hand, the risks of the vaccine were also an issue during the presentation. Dr. Narcisse said that nearly 50% of those who received the shot had mild to moderate reactions.

During the question and answer period, doctors Narcisse and Boom said they received both doses and only had pain in their arms, similar to how they feel after the flu shot.

For those who have already been vaccinated, Boom said you should still wear a mask for several reasons, most notably because vaccination is only 95% effective for patients.

Another question that viewers care about is when children can be vaccinated and when they can expect to be safe in school again.

Dr. Narcisse said health studies are currently being conducted in the Houston area and that children are being encouraged to participate. However, it can take months for the CDC to approve something for children.

Speaking of the color communities, Narcisse said it was clear that COVID-19 had a disproportionate impact on minorities, with black Americans 1.4 times more likely to get sick.

He noted a particular distrust between the medical community and the minorities and shared a personal story about his grandmother being discriminated against because of the color of her skin.

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