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Lee Health Hosts Vaccine Town Hall

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Army Spc. Angel Laureano holds a vial of the COVID-19 vaccine, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, Md., Dec. 14, 2020. (DoD photo by Lisa Ferdinando)

Lee Health, together with Healthcare Network and NCH Healthcare Systems, hosted a town hall today to answer questions about COVID-19 vaccinations. The panel featured physicians and nurses from all three entities, who helped clear up questions.

Many people wondered whether people who have had COVID or tested positive for antibodies still need to get the vaccine, and Dr. Larry Antonucci, President and CEO of Lee Health, answered.

"The evidence has shown that the vaccine is still recommended after you’ve had COVID. Because we don’t know how long the antibody response lasts after active disease. So for that reason, after a certain period, it’s recommended that you do get the vaccine," said Antonucci.

The panel answered questions for nearly an hour. The video of the Town Hall is available on Lee Health’s website or Facebook page.