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Dr. Bernett L. Johnson Sayre Health Center is more than just a medical facility- it’s a community. With years of experience since 2006, our aim is to provide culturally-sensitive health and wellness care. We are exceptionally proud of our medical achievements and the ability of our clinical & outreach teams to care deeply for our patients. Read on to see quick news and updates.
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WHY VACCINATIONS AND BOOSTERS MATTER.
February 12, 2022
Getting vaccinated against COVID-19 can lower your risk of getting and spreading the virus that causes COVID-19. Vaccines can also help prevent serious illness and death.
All steps have been taken to ensure that vaccines are safe and effective for people ages 5 years and older.
If you already had COVID-19, you should still get a COVID-19 vaccine for added protection.
THE OMICRON VARIANT
February 1, 2022
Transmissibility: It is not yet clear whether Omicron is more transmissible (e.g., more easily spread from person to person) compared to other variants, including Delta.
Preliminary evidence suggests there may be an increased risk of reinfection with Omicron (ie, people who have previously had COVID-19 could become reinfected more easily with Omicron), as compared to other variants of concern, but information is limited.
The most effective steps individuals can take to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus is to keep a physical distance of at least 1 metre from others; wear a well-fitting mask; open windows to improve ventilation; avoid poorly ventilated or crowded spaces; keep hands clean; cough or sneeze into a bent elbow or tissue; and get vaccinated when it’s their turn.
THE DELTA VARIANT
July 30, 2021
The Delta variant is more contagious: The Delta variant is highly contagious, more than 2x as contagious as previous variants.
Some data suggest the Delta variant might cause more severe illness than previous variants in unvaccinated people. In two different studies from Canada and Scotland, patients infected with the Delta variant were more likely to be hospitalized than patients infected with Alpha or the original virus that causes COVID-19. Even so, the vast majority of hospitalization and death caused by COVID-19 are in unvaccinated people.
Unvaccinated people remain the greatest concern: The greatest risk of transmission is among unvaccinated people who are much more likely to get infected, and therefore transmit the virus.