Vaccine Q&A With the Chair of Medicine

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By News Team on February 23, 2021

If you have questions about the coronavirus vaccines, you are not alone. In a series of Q&A videos, Paul Skolnik, M.D., chair of Carilion Clinic’s Department of Medicine, has been answering common questions about the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. Watch the most recent video in full below, or skip to a particular question by clicking/tapping the time stamps.

Note that guidance from the CDC and Virginia Department of Health is constantly evolving. We will work to update it regularly, but be sure to visit for timely and regularly updated information. This video interview is from Feb. 8, 2021.

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What are the current variants of COVID-19? 0:00

Are the variants more contagious or more harmful? 0:32

How many cases of these variants are in the U.S.? 1:13

Are there variant cases in the state of Virginia? 1:51

How do you detect it? 2:27

Will the current vaccines be as effective with the variants? 3:03

Do we expect that the virus will continue to mutate? 4:08

What does this mean for reaching herd immunity? 5:12

With the new variants, what can I do to reduce my chances of getting COVID-19? 6:02

What can you tell us about new vaccines? 6:54

Can a person who has been vaccinated carry the COVID virus and infect a family member who has not been vaccinated? 7:59

Which vaccine should I get? 8:50

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