Vax Chat

I think we can all agree that this has been a long year. For those of us working in the emergency department, the stress of treating patients with COVID-19, while trying to keep our families and ourselves safe, has been overwhelming at times. But there is finally a light at the end of this tunnel – in the form of vaccines! Infectious disease specialist, Dr. Dean Blumberg, talks with us about how the coronavirus vaccines work, and answers questions about their safety, the approval process, side effects, and much more. 

We got our vaccines, will you? 💉 Share your questions and concerns with us  on social media,  @empulsepodcast, or through our website,

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Dr. Sarah Medeiros, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at UC Davis


Dr. Dean Blumberg, Professor and Chief of Pediatric Infectious Disease at UC Davis, Co-Host of the Kids Considered Podcast 


The New York Times Coronavirus Vaccine Tracker

CDC vaccine information page

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Thank you to the UC Davis Department of Emergency Medicine for supporting this podcast and to Orlando Magaña at OM Audio Productions for audio production services.

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