Susan Ryan sits down with Jonathan Evans, MD, a physician, geriatrician, and epidemiologist, to address questions and concerns about the COVID-19 vaccine. Dr. Evans’ career has focused on the care of people in nursing homes and other residential care settings, as well as the care and support of people living with dementia and their caregivers. For most of 2020, his time has been spent protecting residents of senior living from COVID-19 and supporting the long-term care workforce.
Dr. Evans describes the two vaccines that are currently available and authorized for use in the U.S. He talks about the safety and efficacy of the vaccines, their side effects, and who should and who should not get it.
Dr. Evans addresses the myths that are circulating about the vaccine and why he is looking forward to receiving it this month. He provides reputable and credible sources to find accurate information.
See Dr. Evans testify in front of the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging in 2011 on the use of antipsychotic drug use in nursing homes: https://www.c-span.org/video/?302927-1/antipsychotic-drug-prescriptions-nursing-homes#