Over the past year, St. Charles’ popular Doc Talks series has covered a number of health-related issues at top of mind for people across Central Oregon, from the danger of a sugary diet and the importance of end-of-life decisions to the prevalence of pelvic floor dysfunction and the facts (and unknowns) of vaping.

Next Monday, Jan. 11 at noon, Doc Talks will tackle a topic that almost everyone is interested in: the COVID-19 vaccines. The virtual presentation will be followed by a Q&A session, and the public is encouraged to ask questions. Links to stream Doc Talks are here.

Every Doc Talk needs a doc, of course, and Monday’s event will be led by the health system’s leading infectious disease expert, Dr. Cynthia Maree. As St. Charles’ medical director of infection prevention services and antibiotic stewardship, Dr. Maree is deeply involved in the organization’s response to the pandemic and rollout of the COVID-19 vaccines.

During her presentation, Dr. Maree will talk about how vaccines are developed and tested and why mRNA vaccines (such as the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines) cannot give you COVID-19. She’ll also discuss the ingredients in each vaccine, common side effects, who should get them, whether children should be vaccinated against COVID-19, and the new variant of the virus that was recently discovered.

Dr. Maree will also address a number of common myths about the COVID-19 vaccines, and she’ll answer your questions about them.

Again, the live stream of Dr. Maree’s Doc Talk is scheduled at noon on Monday, Jan. 11. More information, including links to stream, can be found here.

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