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Sunday, December 19, 2021

OMG, Omicron!

A panel of infectious disease experts and public health specialists of the Veterans Administration who have been involved in the national COVID response discuss strategies to contain the spread of the Omicron variant and stay safe.

Topics discussed:

  1. How Omicron compares to other COVID variants
  2. VA’s approach to Omicron testing and surveillance
  3. Whether the US is moving fast enough in responding to Omicron 
  4. How VA’s vaccination plans are changing in response to the threat of new variants
  5. How Holiday plans may be impacted by the uncertainties of Omicron 

The Veterans Health Administration [VHA] has been at the forefront of mandating vaccinations in the occupational arena, produced a webinar that helps clarify prevention and care strategies for Omicron. Chad Kessler, MD moderates a discussion with Gio Baracco, M.D, Sophie G Califano MD/MPH,  Joe Francis, M.D., and Michael Gelman, MD, Ph.D.,  on how the Veterans Administration handles booster doses.


Podcast link on Spreaker: https://www.spreaker.com/e/Z48reM9YQN5P--47953342 Episode 168 C20 12-16-2021


Time Stamps:

0:00  Music Intro and Chad Kessler, MD Introduction

8:25  Gio Baracco, MD - Vaccine immunity

13:45 Michael A. Gelman, MD PhD - Prevention strategies, testing & treatment      

18:40 Sophie G Califano MD, MPH - Vaccinations

20:40 Joe Francis, MD - Lessons of the 1918 pandemic

25:00 Entire Group - Strategies to prepare for the holidays



VIDEO: Streaming On-demand link: https://players.brightcove.net/2851863979001/rk9qkVDyf_default/index.html?videoId=6287192201001


Related Blog Post:

Latest on Omicron Variant and COVID-19 Vaccine Protection by Dr. Francis Collins 12/14/2021


Scientists see a ‘really, really tough winter’ with Omicron Science 12/12/2021


Genomic epidemiology of Omicron variant of novel coronavirus nextstrain.org updated in real time


Spit Spreads Death | Science History Institute  A podcast about the 1918 pandemic



Recommended Citation: Gelman, Jon L.,  OMG, Omicron!. Workers' Compensation Blog (Dec. 19, 2021),


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Jon L. Gelman of Wayne NJ is the author of NJ Workers’ Compensation Law (Thomson-Reuters) and co-author of the national treatise, Modern Workers’ Compensation Law (Thomson-Reuters). For over 5 decades the Law Offices of Jon L Gelman  1.973.696.7900  jon@gelmans.com  have been representing injured workers and their families who have suffered occupational accidents and illnesses.


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