Is it safe to travel, stay in a hotel, or go to a grocery store if you're fully vaccinated? Find out what one infectious disease specialist had to say.

Posted by Alyssa Malmquist on May 04, 2021

For anyone that's fully vaccinated, you're probably wondering what this means for you going forward. In addition to guidelines from the CDC, we wanted to share a 1-on-1 interview with Infectious Disease Specialist and Medical Director at AllWays Health Partners, Dr. James Hellinger. Below he answers some of today's most buzzed-about questions circling everyone's minds regarding safety with transportation, travel, grocery stores, and restaurants.

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Topics: COVID-19, vaccine, fully vaccinated, traveling, hotel, restaurant, Dr. Hellinger, flying

Tips for talking to patients about vaccine side effects

Posted by Alyssa Malmquist on April 27, 2021

No matter your specialty—your patients may have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine. Now that anyone aged 16+ is eligible to receive a COVID-vaccine in Massachusetts, patients are looking to providers to learn more about side effects. Below we have outlined talking strategies to help you answer their questions. We’ve also included common side effects for both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines so that you can keep your patients updated on the facts.

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Topics: COVID-19, vaccine, side effects, Pfizer, fully vaccinated, Moderna

Vaccine hesitancy continues after the first dose—so here’s what providers can do to make sure patients get their second dose

Posted by Alyssa Malmquist on April 20, 2021

As more COVID-vaccines are administered, some patients are experiencing vaccine hesitancy when getting their second shot—if they received either Pfizer or Moderna. Whether their concerns are motivated by side effects, access to their second appointment, or fear of missing work—patients must know how the importance of receiving their second or “booster” dose is to efficacy.

Read more for common questions, concerns, responses, and supporting information you can leverage during these types of conversations with patients.

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Topics: COVID-19, side effects, Pfizer, Moderna

Tips for encouraging patients to pre-register for a COVID-vaccine

Posted by Alyssa Malmquist on April 13, 2021

Massachusetts receives a limited supply of COVID-19 vaccine doses from the federal government each week. Starting April 19, everyone 16+ is eligible to receive the vaccine in Massachusetts. But, it may take several weeks to get an appointment. The best way for your patients to decrease a potential waiting time is to pre-register for the vaccine at one of the Mass vaccination sites. Read on for tips on how to encourage your patients to pre-register.

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Topics: COVID-19, vaccine, preregister

Pandemic puppies are more than cute: dogs can support mental health management

Posted by Alyssa Malmquist on February 23, 2021

With so many still working at home, more people have the time to adopt and take care of a new pet. These new pets are more than just cute and fun to play with: there’s evidence that owning a dog can benefit mental health management while simultaneously supporting physical health.

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Topics: COVID-19, mental health, pets, dogs