COVID-19 Community Update: Vaccine News, Reducing Risk and Coping With Isolation

FISH of SanCap, with Lee Health, offers ‘An Overview of the COVID-19 Vaccines and Isolation During the Pandemic’ on Wed., Feb. 24, 2021, beginning at 10:00am.  This presentation is virtual via the WebEx platform.

Dr. Mary B. Saunders, Lee Health System Medical Director of Epidemiology (Infection Control) will discuss the current state of Lee County numbers and status, prevention measures (masks/handwashing/etc.) and latest vaccine news. Dr. Saunders will also offer best practices for disease prevention as well as insights on the available vaccine options.  Mary Beth Saunders, D.O., FACOI, MPH is the System Medical Director for Epidemiology, Infection Prevention and Antimicrobial Stewardship, a position she has held since 2016. She has been a practicing Infectious Disease and Internal Medicine physician in SWFL since 1997 and with Lee Health since 2007  

Dr. Paul G. Simeone, Lee Health Vice President and Medical Director of Behavioral and Mental Health will discuss the dangers of self-isolation during the COVID pandemic, not only to the senior population but also to the community as a whole. Dr. Simeone received his M.A. in experimental psychology from Mount Holyoke College, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from The Institute for Advanced Psychological Studies at Adelphi University in New York.  Most recently, Dr. Simeone was Associate Director of Outpatient Psychiatry at The Cambridge Health Alliance and maintained a private independent practice in Belmont, MA. His clinical & academic interests include: integrative models of evidenced-based/informed psychotherapy, cultural aspects of psychopathology and normal functioning, and program development at the interface of community and behavioral health service needs.

“This informative discussion will provide the community with the latest information on the COVID-19 vaccine and its effects on individuals and people in the community,” says Susan Alexander, Senior Services and Community Engagement Director, FISH.  “Please join FISH and experts from Lee Health System for updates on vaccine news, reducing risk and coping with isolation during these uncertain times.  If you are unfamiliar with the virtual WebEx platform, we will guide you through the simple process of setting it up on your media device.”

To take part in this very informative discussion, please RSVP by Mon., Feb. 22 by contacting Susan Alexander at FISH, 239-472-4775.  Once registered, FISH will provide instructions on how to join the presentation.