Heads Up: Understanding the COVID-19 Vaccine

Cheshire's infectious disease physician, Aalok Khole, MD, joins other experts from Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health (D-HH), in the second segment of the "Heads Up: Coping through COVID-19" virtual roundtable series.

This segment, "Understanding the COVID Vaccine," focuses on frequently asked questions about the COVID-19 vaccines, such as their safety, efficacy, and to address overall anxiety toward the vaccines.

Dr. Khole explains the concept of herd immunity and the concept that "no one is safe until everyone is safe." Explaining how this target is where the chain of virus transmission is broken, "protecting the community as a whole and protecting those who are not eligible for the vaccine," like children.

Panelists for this roundtable include:

  • Aalok Khloe, MD, Epidemiologist and Infectious Diseases physician at Cheshire Medical Center
  • Sally Kraft, MD, MPH, Vice President of Population Health at D-HH
  • Staci Hermann, PharmD, MS, Chief Pharmacy Officer, D-HH

The series is moderated by Dartmouth-Hitchcock (D-H) media relations manager Audra Burns.

Session 2 timestamps

Use the timestamps below to jump to a specific part of the session that interests you.

  • :51 - How vaccines are approved for use.
  • 3:52 - Why receiving the vaccine is so important for everyone in the population.
  • 5:24 - Wearing a mask and physically distancing after receiving a vaccine.
  • 8:08 - Getting the vaccine even if you have already had COVID.
  • 9:15 - What is herd immunity and why is it important?
  • 12:27 - Distribution of the vaccine.
  • 16:38 - COVID variants.

Session 2: Webinar resources

The "Heads Up: Coping Through COVID-19" virtual roundtable series features Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health experts and community members discussing the challenges and concerns brought about by the pandemic. They offer information, tips and techniques for coping and maintaining health, wellness and connection as the pandemic continues to affect the world. For more information, visit "Heads Up: Coping through COVID-19"

For more information about COVID-19 vaccination in the Monadnock region, visit our COVID-19 Vaccination page.