Clarifying messaging around COVID, vaccines, and boosters ahead of the holidays

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COVID-19 vaccine vials. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)
COVID-19 vaccine vials. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

This is the Radio Boston rundown for December 7. Tiziana Dearing is our host.

    • The holiday season is upon us, and besides what to cook and which gifts to buy, families are weighing the question: Is it okay to gather in the first place, with the pandemic still raging on? For some, the messaging on this has been confusing. We speak to Robert Blendon, an emeritus professor of health policy and political analysis at Harvard's Chan School of Public Health, to sort fact from fiction and help families make smart, safe decisions.
    • Case numbers are rising, the positivity rate is increasing, and the number of people fully vaccinated has plateaued. And, there's a new variant on the rise: omicron. This week on Ask the Docs, we take listener calls with Dr. Michael Hirsh, Medical Director of the Department of Public Health in Worcester, and director of pediatric trauma at UMass Memorial Health, and to Dr. Todd Ellerin, director of infectious diseases at South Shore Health, to answer all of your COVID questions.
    • We revisit a conversation with Trey McLaughlin and Sounds of Zamar, a gospel music group from Augusta, Georgia. About two years ago, right before the pandemic hit, they stopped by the WBUR studio to talk about the gospel music tradition and the importance of maintaining a connection to its religious and spiritual roots, no matter what.

This program aired on December 7, 2021.


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