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The Latest on Pfizer's FDA Approval And Back-To-School Covid Anxiety48:14
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Nicholas Capote examines one of the first vials of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine doses at Tufts Medical Center. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
Nicholas Capote examines one of the first vials of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine doses at Tufts Medical Center. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

This is the Radio Boston rundown for August 23, 2021. Tiziana Dearing is our host.

  • The Boston mayoral primary is less than a month away, on September 14th. Ahead of the primary, we're inviting each mayoral candidate to our virtual studios to make their case for mayor. Joining us today is mayoral candidate and Boston City Councilor Andrea Campbell, who represents the city's fourth district. There's a lot to discuss, including Boston's COVID response, the reopening of schools, policing in Boston, and Campbell's plans for the Mass and Cass area.
  • The U.S. granted full approval for Pfizer's Covid-19 vaccine, which may improve public confidence in the vaccine and could pave the way for a wave of vaccine mandates. We discuss what full approval of Pfizer's vaccine means for the vaccine hesitant, vaccine mandates, and booster shots with Dr. Davidson Hamer, infectious diseases physician at Boston Medical Center and a professor of infectious diseases and medicine at the Boston University School of Medicine. 
  • Last week on Ask the Doctors, we took your calls about all-things-COVID, including masks, vaccines, and how to make sure your kids are safe as they head back to in-person learning. One of those callers was Melissa Adler, a mom of two young kids from Sudbury, who called in looking for advice to calm the nerves of her children, who are nervous about returning to school. We've invited Melissa back on the show to expand on her experience, and then we're joined by Dr. Michelle P. Durham, a pediatric and adult psychiatrist and vice chair of education at the department of psychiatry at Boston University, and Omar Ruiz, a middle school counselor and licensed marriage and family therapist, to take listener calls about back-to-school anxiety brought on by the pandemic.

This program aired on August 23, 2021.

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