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Even After Vaccine, Immunocompromised Need to Stay Cautious

UNC Health Talk June 24, 2021 Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, healthcare experts have warned people who are immunocompromised to be extra cautious to avoid getting the virus, given their risk for severe complications. That’s because people who are immunocompromised have weakened immune systems that leave them more vulnerable to infection and illness, including COVID-19. Given […]

New Universal Vaccine Effectively Targets Coronaviruses

Researchers at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health have developed a universal vaccine that could protect against COVID-19, its variants — and the next coronavirus pandemic. University Communications, Tuesday, June 29th, 2021 Scientists at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health have developed a vaccine that could be effective against COVID-19, its variants […]

Why I Got the Shot

COVID-19 vaccines are critical for ending the pandemic. Many in the Carolina community got the shot for more personal reasons. The Well, Thursday, June 24th, 2021 Some do it to protect their friends and colleagues. Others can’t wait to attend a live-music event or linger over a leisurely restaurant meal. Still others simply want to hug […]

Resources for Returning to Work on Campus

The Returning to Work on Campus website and Return to Campus Information Sessions will help employees navigate the transition. University Communications, Friday, June 18th, 2021 As the full-campus return date of July 19 approaches, the University has created two new resources to help faculty and staff navigate the transition. Vice Chancellor of Human Resources and […]

Pandemic mental fatigue: Don’t be shy about asking for help

Psychiatry Chair Dr. Samantha Meltzer-Brody says we need to acknowledge this difficult time and be good to ourselves. Jane Calloway, Tuesday, June 15th, 2021 The pandemic has been a profoundly difficult time for people and their mental health, says Dr. Samantha Meltzer-Brody, chair of the psychiatry department in the UNC School of Medicine. Throughout her 21 […]

FAQ: COVID-19 Vaccine and Adolescents

UNC Health Talk May 26, 2021 Children ages 12 to 15 can now get a COVID-19 vaccine. The United States administered COVID-19 vaccinations to around 600,000 children ages 12 to 15 the week the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for adolescents under an emergency use authorization (EUA). Families all over country are […]

A Year in Reflection

The 2020-2021 academic year was one for the ages. Read the stories that defined the last year. The Well, Tuesday, May 25th, 2021 During the 2020-2021 academic year, the Carolina community was tested by a prolonged global viral pandemic, economic belt-tightening and racial reckoning, all while adapting and working together to fulfill the University’s mission — […]

4 Things You Get from COVID-19 Vaccination

May 21, 2021 UNC Health Talk More than 45 percent of American adults are now fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. If you’re among those who have not received a shot, here are four benefits of vaccination to consider. 1. Vaccination protects you from dying or getting seriously ill from […]

Virtual Workplace is All These Employees Know

Carolina employees who started work after the pandemic and have only met their colleagues through Zoom have found ways to feel connected. Jane Calloway, The Well, Tuesday, May 11th, 2021 Resiliency and flexibility are two characteristics Carolina employees have shown during the year-long pandemic. Among Carolina’s new employees over the past year, some have worked only […]

When Can Young Children Get Vaccinated?

May 24, 2021 UNC Health Talk Parents and guardians of adolescents are breathing a sigh of relief now that COVID-19 vaccinations have begun for 12-to-15-year-olds. Now, parents of children younger than 12 might be asking, “When will my child be able to get the shot?” The short answer is that we don’t have an exact answer […]