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  • April 9, 2021: A Doctor's Note: A Quick Update on COVID-19
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    Dear Friends, According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly 80% of all childcare workers, school staff and teachers have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine shot. The CDC updated cleaning and disinfecting guidance. The National Institutes of Health started phase one clinical trials to determine Moderna’s new investigational vaccine’s effectiveness against the B.1.351 SARS-CoV-2 variant. North Texas Update: Week 18 COVID-19 vaccine allocations are posted here. **Ple... Read more

  • April 6th, 2021: A Doctor's Note on COVID-19
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    April 6th, 2021 Dear Friends, Today, I toured the Texas Motor Speedway and saw the work that Denton County Public Health is doing to get shots in the arms of TX-26 residents. National Update: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated their travel guidance for domestic travel. Fully vaccinated people can travel at low risk to themselves. Fully vaccinated people can travel within the U.S. COVID-19 testing or post-travel self-quarantining are not required if travelers take COVID... Read more

  • A Doctor's Note on the Border
    Posted in A Doctor's Note on April 5, 2021 | Preview rr

    Dear Friends, We learned that in February the Office of Refugee Resettlement at the Department of Health and Human Services received the highest number of referrals of Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) in the history of the program. In addition, Customs and Border Patrol encountered over 100,000 individuals along our southern border attempting to cross without authorization. Last week, to gain a better understanding of what was exactly happening I took a trip to our southern border. I mentioned... Read more

  • April 1st, 2021: A Doctor's Note on COVID-19
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    April 1st, 2021 Dear Friends, This week, Pfizer/BioNTech reported that their COVID-19 vaccine was effectivein preventing infection among teens ages 12-15 in a late-stage trial. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced an expansion in the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program for COVID-19 vaccinations from 17,000 participating pharmacies to 40,000 stores. The CDC and National Institutes of Health launched the “Say Yes! COVID Test” initiative to provide free at-home COVID tests in... Read more

  • March 26th, 2021: A Doctor's Note on COVID-19
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    March 26th, 2021 Dear Friends, I published an Op-Ed in the Denton Record Chronicle on Wednesday discussing the important role the COVID-19 vaccine will play in keeping us healthy and returning our society back to normal. I encourage everyone to join me in receiving their COVID-19 vaccines. In other news, the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology published a study on the effectiveness of the Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccines for pregnant and lactating women, who may pass prot... Read more

  • March 24th, 2021: A Doctor's Note on COVID-19
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    Dear Friends, This week during an Energy and Commerce hearing on the LIFT Act, I asked Dr. Tom Frieden about the importance of retaining health care staff in hospitals during the COVID-19 pandemic. Maintaining a strong health care workforce is critical to the health of this nation during normal times and especially during this public health emergency. National Update: AstraZeneca announced its vaccine is 79% effective at preventing symptomatic COVID-19 and 100% effective in preventing serious d... Read more

  • March 18, 2021: A Doctor's Note on Vaccine Safety
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    Dear Friends, Yesterday, during a House Energy and Commerce Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee hearing, I asked Dr. Fauci about the importance of getting the COVID-19 vaccine. To lead by example, I have received both shots for the vaccine. Operation Warp Speed was driven by science and data to determine the safety and effectiveness of this vaccine. I encourage every American to talk with their talk doctor and to receive a COVID-19 vaccine along with me. National Update: According to the C... Read more

  • March 12, 2021: A Doctor's Note on COVID-19
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    Dear Friends, This week, I joined Fox and Friends First to discuss the crisis that is happening at our Southern Border. It is very concerning that over 100 COVID-19 positive migrants were released into the U.S. During debate for the Democrats' American Rescue Plan, I offered an amendment that would provide COVID-19 testing and PPE to those crossing our border. It was blocked from being added as an amendment. National Updates: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Centers for Med... Read more

  • March 5, 2021: A Doctor's Note on Vaccine Safety
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    Dear Friends, There is still a lot of misinformation out there about the COVID-19 vaccines and the science behind their development. To address these concerns, I drafted an op-ed for The Hill to dispel the false information and provide you with the facts. Also, Governor Abbott announced that effective March 10, Texas businesses will be able to open at 100% capacity and the mask mandate would be lifted. Thursday morning, I told Fox News Todd Piro and Carley Shimkus that I still plan to wear an N9... Read more

  • February 26, 2021: A Doctor's Note on another vaccine coming soon
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    Dear Friends, The weekend is starting off on a good note. This afternoon in a 22-0 vote the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory panel recommended that Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 single dose vaccine be approved for an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA). If approved for an EUA, Johnson & Johnson promised to immediately have 4 million doses ready to go, and to deliver a total of 100 million doses by the end of June. National Updates: The FDA will allow undiluted frozen vials of the Pfizer... Read more