My sister & niece finally got vaxxed! My sis was the most vaccine hesitant person I know, and she makes the healthcare decisions for my niece.
My sis was afraid, not uneducated, not didn't care, and def didn't deserve death bc she had fear of medicine that never served her well.
She was cautious, created a buble with 1 family and never ventured outside of it without her N95 mask, face shield, gloves. She washed her hands often, and used contact free everything.
She bought at home Covid test as soon as they hit the market.
She knew covid was real...
but also knew medicine harms Black people, sometimes just for the heck of it.
History didnt need to teach her this (but it did), she had her own experiences. Like the nurse who called her miscarriage "a blessing" or the residents who had her pushing in active labor for 7 hrs...
before calling an attending for help (who subsequently turned the baby's head delivered the baby in 3 pushes).
Or the doc who refused her pain meds 18 hrs post a c-section.

Her fear that sub-par or bad batches would be sent to Black neighborhoods wasn't far-fetched
Thats where sub-par food can be found in abundance and liquor stores and unhealthy fast food chains abound.

What finally got through to her, was her 15 year old child pleas to listen to auntie (me) who always tells them the full truth, not just the rainbow shiny stuff.
Plus positive peer pressure. My sis and niece were now the only unvaxxed in the family. The only unvaxxed in the bubble. The only unvaxxed in her home. She became an eye witness to the vaxx causing no harm. With each vaxx person in her life, she grew less hesitant.
Late adopters are real. Deserve patience. Deserve mitigation techniques.

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18 Jun
Many of yall are awaking to a day off for a holiday you never celebrated before.
I've celebrate #Juneteenth #JubileeDay my entire life. I love the parades that many major cities have, but we also had personal family traditions too. Here's my family's approach.
We start by hanging two Juneteenth flags. First, the official Juneteenth flag is red, white, and blue with 1 star burting through. Second the variations flag that comes in red, black, and green, colors that remind us of Africa.
We talk about the colors both flags represent.
The traditional flag has the colors of America, because we are American. This country is prosperous because of 400 years of unpaid or underpaid labor from our ancestors. We are as American as it gets, and our contributions are what made America the force that it is.
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I cleared my schedule to watch ACIP discuss the J&J vaccine.
I'll try to live tweet important portions for those who didn't take the day off.…
Interesting comparison slide between AZ and J&J clot epidemiology and symptoms
Good question about age difference between AZ and J&J clots.
Could the difference in mean age be related to the timing and rollout of J&J vaccine and not be a function of age. Older ppl got mRNA vaccines bc the came out first.
Answer- more to come on that later today.
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My college's motto is "I'll find a way or make one." @ClarkAtlanta
This motto has allowed me to think outside the box in all aspects of my life. But this has been most useful during the pandemic.
I have a nothing is impossible take.
How does this stance help?
Well 3ft v 6 ft debate. Why are are debating this? To get more kids in in-person learning. What else could achieve this goal? Maybe utilize all the empty buildings we drive past everyday. My work building is green and healthy building designated with amazing ventilation.
It's sitting empty. Why not host schools in these buildings? Vaccination- could we vaccinate at places people already go? Pop up clinics at grocery store parking lots? Mobile clinics in hard to reach areas? mass Vaccination sites in large housing complexes?
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Okay, I'm about to start listening.
Thanks @AmyBaugher for bringing this podcast to my attention, and thanks @statsepi for preparing me for the offenses I'm about to hear.

And to think, this was released during #BlackHistoryMonth

🧵 live tweeting this podcast
Title: #StructuralRacism for Doctors- What is it?
1st the title is distressing. Why are we still asking what is it? Why aren't we focused on addressing it? Still defining something that is clear, noted in research, & pervasive is problematic & stalls progress.
Pressing play now
"We discussed structural racism. Going into this interview I didn't understand the concept." I'm confused, who are you? There's no introduction of the narrator. What field is he from? What work does he do? Does he interact with patients & not understand this life & death concept?
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Here's the problem-
Older people often have to use the bathroom frequently. That was the case here. However, this person was not allowed to get out of the car. They were terrified to break the rules because of the police presence & didn't want to leave because it took months to get a appointment.
This elderly person wet themselves all while waiting to get vaccinated.

Yesterday I was told about a disabled elderly person at a walk up clinic who left instead of getting vaccinated because their health condition didn't allow for them to wait hours in the cold.
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@Epi_D_Nique and I collaborated to provide a user-friendly review of the CDC’s study on #Covid_19 spread in elementary #schools in one Georgia district. This study is important because of its focus on young children and community spread. Happy🧵reading!…
Data were collected over 24 school days (Dec 1-Jan 22, 2021) on Covid-19 spread in and outside of elementary schools, from Cobb County, GA. What’s interesting about this study? It focuses solely on elementary schools. Why is that important?
These schools serve the youngest group of school age kids, and some believe their contribution to Covid spread is negligible. We know that young kids have less extreme symptoms and lower risk of death compared to older children and adults.
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