2021 Public Health Stories #25

Curated public health stories for this week from my reading shelf for Week 25 of 2021.

I.

“As vaccination is extended to children and if booster shots become necessary for adults, this shift to local providers will be imperative. Messaging is crucial but not sufficient. Emphasizing hesitancy misses the point. Planners should expand access by building flexibility into the sites, times, and methods for administering Covid-19 vaccines, engaging the most trusted purveyors of health care in many communities: the doctors, nurses, and community leaders who know how to create access, convey persuasive messages, and deliver care.”

“Missing the Point — How Primary Care Can Overcome Covid-19 Vaccine “Hesitancy””- NEJM

II.

“When faced with existential threats, extreme approaches are warranted. But as the worst threats wane, the most sensible approach to public-health decision making will fall somewhere between “We’re all in this together” and “Your fate is in your own hands.” A more targeted approach—one that neither requires universal sacrifice nor relieves everyone of all inconvenience—isn’t just politically wise or legally necessary; it’s the only path forward that we have.”

Read more about how “The Public-Health Calculus Has Shifted” has from here.

III.

Modeling pandemic is a fine art and hard science at the same time. Some good lessons learnt- “The Hard Lessons of Modeling the Coronavirus Pandemic”

Disclaimer: Posts and opinions are my own and do not reflect the views of my employer.

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