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by Lynzy Coughlin
Motherhood Meets Medicine

Rapid Fire Q&A on COVID Vaccines with Infectious Disease Epidemiologist, Jessica Malaty Rivera


Today we are diving into a rapid fire question and answer session about the COVID vaccines with infectious disease epidemiologist, Jessica Malaty Rivera. Jessica and I both receive numerous questions daily regarding the COVID-19 vaccination. These are questions that so many of you have, so this episode will help us all understand everything more clearly. Jessica will break down the science behind the vaccines and address the theories and myths circulating around them. We will also both share our experiences of being vaccinated.

Jessica has dedicated the last 15 years of her career to infectious disease research, public health policy, and vaccine advocacy. She earned her Masters of Science Degree in emerging infectious diseases from Georgetown University School of Medicine. Her specialty is in translating complex scientific concepts into impactful judgement free and accessible information for a diverse audience. She is currently the science communication lead for the COVID tracking project at the Atlantic. She is also a member of the COVID-19 dispersed volunteer research network and an expert contributor for the NBC Bay Area and CNN.

Some of the questions we answer in this episode are:

  • Can the vaccine cause fertility issues?
  • Is the vaccine FDA approved?
  • Which vaccines are available? Which is best to get?
  • Did they skip animal studies during the vaccine trials?
  • If you’ve had the vaccine, should you still get tested after exposure?
  • Can you still develop long-hauler COVID symptoms after receiving the vaccine?
  • How long does the vaccine last? Will we need boosters?
  • How do we know that the vaccine doesn’t have long-term negative effects?
  • Have there been any confirmed deaths caused by the vaccine?
  • Does the vaccine affect your menstrual cycle and ovulation?
  • Has it been proven that the vaccine can prevent carrying or transferring COVID to others?

You can connect with Jessica on Instagram @jessicamalatyrivera.

Connect with me on Instagram @motherhoodmeetsmedicine. For full show notes, head to lynzyandco.com/motherhood-meets-medicine-the-podcast/

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Disclaimer: This podcast does not provide medical advice. The information on this podcast is for informational purposes only. No material on this site is intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.


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