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Howard County Medical Center healthcare providers answer vaccine questions

Published: Oct. 5, 2021 at 11:02 PM CDT
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SAINT PAUL, Neb. (KSNB) - Healthcare providers at the Howard County Medical Center participated in Virtual Town Hall Tuesday where they answered people’s questions about the COVID-19 vaccination. The event was held via Zoom and was livestreamed through Facebook for people to join in.

Before the Q&A went live, people were able to submit and questions or concerns regarding the vaccine. Questions were also allowed to be asked during the event.

Dream Solko, foundation and marketing director for HCMC said, previously, the medical center had shared informational videos regarding COVID-19 and the vaccine.

Solko added, the live event could help out people who were unsure whether or not they wanted to get the vaccine or if they were curious to learn more.

“A great opportunity for everyone to ask their questions and have them answered in the comfort of their own home without other opinions coming at them from whatever way, and just really be able to ask them, get the answers and process it and use that knowledge to make your decision for yourself,” she said.

Solko continued, having these local providers with familiar faces answer the questions would make their responses feel more personal and trustworthy. She shared some of the questions that were sent in by community members beforehand.

“A lot about what’s in the vaccine, recommendations for people who are making looking to be pregnant, are pregnant or are nursing,” she noted. “Questions about natural immunity versus the vaccine and just king of wanting to get the opinions of our local providers.”

She said, though there were many informative commercials and videos about the vaccine, Solko thought of what she would want to see.

“As myself, like, how would I want to make this decision, and I would want to talk to my primary care physician and just ask all the questions that I have,” Solko said. I feel that a lot of people aren’t making that appointment with the doctor to just go talk to them personally, they’re trying to just do their own research.”

The event went from 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. Tuesday. For questions regarding personal health concerns and the vaccine, Solko recommended people visit their primary care provider or visit their online patient portal.

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