COVID-19 vaccine site at Fremont High School.
Vaccination efforts are shifting increasingly to smaller community-based sites, including schools. Credit: Amir Aziz

Dr. Rita Ng, M.D., physician-in-chief at Kaiser Permanente’s Oakland Medical Center, joined The Oaklandside on Facebook Live today for a conversation about the latest news regarding COVID-19 vaccines.

Reporter Brian Krans asked Dr. Ng about the “pause” health officials recently advised regarding Johnson & Johnson’s one-dose vaccine that’s been administered about seven million times; the safety and efficacy of the Pfizer and Moderna shots; and concerns she’s hearing from her patients, including what vaccines to get and potential side effects that may come with them. 

Dr. Ng also answers questions about how long masks and social distancing might be needed and what the future of the coronavirus could look like in Alameda County and beyond. 

For those who couldn’t join us live, you can watch the entire interview below (no Facebook account required).

Correction: the headline on this story previously referred to Dr. Rita Ng as “Kaiser’s chief physician.” We’ve updated the headline to make it clear that Dr. Ng is chief physician for Kaiser Permanente’s Oakland Medical Center.