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Cleveland doctors discuss second COVID-19 booster shots

Close up of doctor or nurse hands taking COVID vaccination booster shot from syringe. [WESTOCK PRODUCTIONS/Shutterstock.]
Close up of doctor or nurse hands taking COVID vaccination booster shot from syringe. [WESTOCK PRODUCTIONS/Shutterstock.]

The Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control have both authorized a second booster-dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines for Americans age 50 and older.  The White House COVID-19 response coordinator, Dr. Ashish Jha, says based on data from Israel the second booster, which would be the fourth dose for many Americans, helped protect those 60 and older from severe illness. 

Currently, the BA.2 subvariant of Omicron is the strain showing up in the majority of cases in the United States and here in Northeast Ohio.  Case numbers that had been going down are ticking up a bit again.  But so far, hospitalizations have not increased. Increasingly, individuals are being advised to make their decisions about vaccines and masks based on their own risks for the virus and the risks presented to those immediately around them.

Later in the hour, the Minority Men’s Health Fair—an event focused on helping men, especially men of color, take charge of their health returns this year after a two-year break caused by the pandemic.

The health fair is set for next week—on April 28th—and will be held at three MetroHealth locations: the main campus on West 25th Street; the Cleveland Heights Medical Center and the Broadway Health Center.

The fair will offer 30 free health screenings covering a variety of health conditions.

The Minority Men’s Health Fair was founded in 2003 by Dr. Charles Modlin. When he moved from the Cleveland Clinic to MetroHealth late last year to be the Medical Director of the Office of Equity, Inclusion & Diversity the health fair came with him.

Finally, prior to a few years ago, if you were familiar with that sound of a needle hitting a vinyl disc, you were of a certain generation coming of age in maybe the 60s or 70s.

But vinyl's unprecedented resurgence has legions of younger listeners clamoring to build their collections of new and old records.

Pressing plants across the country, including Gotta Groove Records, located right here in Cleveland's Midtown neighborhood have backlogs of months and months, trying to churn out national releases as well as local bands.

The vinyl craze has another angle, and that's the annual event known as Record Store Day,  where special release hit store shelves across the country, and small shops see lines around the block.

Ideastream Senior Reporter, and record enthusiast Kabir Bhatia joins to with a preview of Record Store Day.

For More Information:

Minority Men's Health Fair

Prakash Ganesh, MD, MPH, Medical Director, Cuyahoga County Board of Health 
Steven Gordon, MD, Chair of Infectious Disease, Cleveland Clinic 
Charles Modlin, MD, Founder & Director, Metrohealth Minority Men's Health Fair, Medical Director, Office of Equity, Inclusion & Diversity, MetroHealth  
Kabir Bhatia, Senior Reporter, WKSU, Ideastream Public Media 
David Wolfe, Owner, The Vinyl Groove, Bedford

Leigh Barr is a coordinating producer for the "Sound of Ideas" and the "Sound of Ideas Reporters Roundtable."