[Past Event] Improving Immunity: How America’s Vaccination Campaign Is Stacking Up Against COVID
The topic on everyone’s tongue right now, and likely for the foreseeable future, is the COVID-19 vaccine. In the U.S., nearly 100 million people are fully vaccinated, the “pause” on the Johnson & Johnson vaccine has been lifted and new coronavirus cases are at their lowest level since last October, begging the question: Have we finally turned a corner? Maybe, maybe not. While certain stats are encouraging, not all experts are optimistic. More than five million people who received their first dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines have missed their second shots, and there has been a notably sharp drop-off in vaccination rates across certain parts of the country. Not to mention the conspiracy theories.
Featuring: Rhea Hoffman, Co-creator, VAXIE (Vaccinate Inland Empire) and Dr. Andrew Myers, naturopathic physician and author of the book Simplifying The COVID-19 Puzzle
Emily CegielskiEditorial Director, Worth MediaEmily Cegielski is an award-winning multimedia journalist and editor based in New York City, currently serving as the Editorial Director at Worth Media.Prior to joining the Worth team, she worked as a Senior Editor at the New York Observer, where she built out its Business, Tech and Innovation vertical—refining beats, recruiting expert contributors and leading a team of staff reporters and freelancers. Previously, she worked as Director of Digital Media at High Times, where she drove creation of cannabis-related stories; programmed content; managed social media; planned and executed marketing campaigns for High Times events; covered breaking news; edited content; and led a site redesign.In the past, she has worked as a staff writer, photographer, designer, copy editor, fact-checker, section editor, managing editor and senior editor for a wide array of newspapers, magazines and websites.
Rhea HoffmanCo-creator, VAXIE (Vaccinate Inland Empire)
Rhea Hoffman is the co-creator of VAXIE (Vaccinate Inland Empire) a volunteer organization working to help people navigate the always changing Covid-19 vaccination system in Southern California.
VAXIE is a grassroots organization founded to address the need that arose to provide equal vaccine access for all. Senior citizens struggled to navigate online appointment systems, full time employees didn’t have time to navigate the time consuming appointment process, undocumented and homeless didn’t know where they could get vaccinated and not be turned away. Rhea Hoffman and Calista Vassios saw the need arise and stepped up to create an organization that turns no one away.
This free service assists qualified individuals, especially those with work and time constraints, mobility issues and those without computers, in scheduling vaccination appointments.
What started out as two friends concerned about our most at-risk neighbors, has turned into a growing organization of more than 25 volunteers, that has helped more than 70,000 people since February 2021. VAXIE volunteers are not medical professionals and do not offer medical advice. We have no political, religious or personal agenda.
Dr. Andrew MyersNaturopathic physician and author of the book Simplifying The COVID-19 Puzzle
Dr. Andrew Myers is a naturopathic physician, in private practice since 1993, with a unique ability to take complex health issues and simplify them. He is viewed as one of the world's top experts in the formulation of dietary supplements and their scientific substantiation. Acting as coordinator for several clinical trials, he has evaluated the effectiveness of natural products in the treatment of obesity, prostate disease, and cardiovascular concerns. Speaking to audiences worldwide, Dr. Myers communicates the value of taking simple health measures to promote wellness and inspires people to apply it to their daily lives and feels its important to focus on the lesser-known Vitamin K2(MK-7) as a crucial COVID 19 deterrent. Dr. Myers is a graduate of Bastyr University. He is the co-author of the book “Simplifying The COVID-19 Puzzle.” along with Dr. Grace McComsey. The book is available for pre-orders everywhere books are sold, and more information is available at www.simplifyingthecovidpuzzle.com
Micki WagnerSenior Editor, Worth Media
Micki Wagner is a New York City-based writer and editor exploring food, fashion, and female empowerment in her work. She specializes in digital media and content creation & production.
Before coming to Worth, she worked as a social media producer for American Media, Inc., as a department editor for Vox Magazine and as a contributing writer for HerCampus and MyTherapistSays.
A St. Louis native, Micki attended the University of Missouri-Columbia, where she received a Bachelors of Journalism in Arts & Culture Magazine Journalism and an Associates in Ancient Mediterranean Studies.