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CMH Emergency Department Medical Director says vaccine brings hope

02/22/2021

By Dr. Regina Mysliwiec, MD, Medical Director, CMH Emergency Department

Dr. Regina Mysliwiec

Dr. Regina Mysilwiec, an emergency medical physician at Columbia Memorial Hospital, was the first person vaccinated against COVID-19 in December 2020 in Astoria.

What an unbelievable year we’ve had! I know many people would like to write off the past 12 months and move on, but I think there are some truly amazing things that we need to recognize. 

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, medical scientists around the world went to work developing vaccines to stop it. Within a year, they had developed and tested several vaccines that have proven effective against COVID-19 – including the Moderna, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines.

Our best hope

Vaccination is our best hope of ending this pandemic and finding our way back to our normal lives. It is true that we could take our chances with the disease, but that’s the riskiest way for us to develop herd immunity. 

We’re discovering that the aftereffects of COVID-19 infection can be terrible and long-lasting. Healthy young people are suddenly having trouble with brain fog, blood clots, fatigue and shortness of breath. Some may face a lifetime of disability, much like people who were infected with polio in the 1900s. 

Please get the COVID-19 vaccine, when you can, to protect yourself and others. We are so fortunate to be living in a time when safe and effective vaccines are available! Our ancestors who lived through flu pandemics, the plague, typhoid fever and more, prayed for just such a miracle. 

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