August 5th, 2021 – Islip Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter recently sat down for a taping of ‘Supervisor Spotlight’ with Dr. Christopher Raio, Chief of Emergency Medicine for Catholic Health and Chairperson of Emergency Medicine at Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center, to discuss the current trend of the pandemic, vaccine hesitancy and the importance of getting vaccinated.
WATCH NOW: Supervisor Spotlight with Dr. Christopher RaioHere in northeast region, COVID-19 spikes haven’t been prevalent, according to Dr. Raio, who credits this to vaccination numbers and the continuation of safe practices in our area. “We are in a much better state than most of the nation due to vaccinations. Generally, were in a good place” says Dr. Raio. “This vaccine went through the same rigors just like any other vaccine. As with other illnesses and known diseases, we’ve gotten better over the years at vaccine development,” added Dr. Raio.
Supervisor Carpenter urges anyone who is still undecided about whether or not to get vaccinated, to have a conversation with their primary care physician who can help clear up concerns. “The COVID-19 vaccine prevents hospitalization and death. The vaccine that is readily available to you, is the vaccine worth taking,” added Supervisor Carpenter.
Supervisor Carpenter reminds everyone to wear a mask whenever appropriate, and continue to maintain good hand hygiene. To see the complete interview with Dr. Raio on ‘Supervisor Spotlight,’ tune in to Altice Channel 18 and Verizon Channel 1982 daily.