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  • Writer's pictureClare Marie


We recently covered one of the most important topics out there on the "Highway to Health" with Dr. Sophia L. Thomas, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, PPCNP-BC, FNAP, FAANP--president and Acting Chief Executive Officer of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners® (AANP). I've trimmed the the segment to be less me, more her, and all info. Take a listen, and share the information widely!

Here are the highlights:

0:29--Each state is determining who is vaccinated first.

2:01--Why truckers need to get vaccinated as soon as they are eligible.

3:56--Herd immunity.

4:59--Why you need the vaccine even if you've had COVID.

5:55--What to expect at your appointments, and the 2 dose schedule.

6:48--What is an mRNA vaccine?

8:25--Side effects (other than hope).

9:52--Why you still need to take precautions after your vaccine.

11:04--Most infections come from small home get-togethers!

11:51--40% of infected people have no symptoms, but carry it to others.

12:11--COVID mutations.

13:14--DNA, microchips, and other vaccine myths.

14:26--A word on allergic reactions if you carry an EpiPen.

15:21--A word about kids/teens and their role as carriers.

17:13--The problem with pods.

18:44--Do precautions (like masks) work? YES!!!!

19:48--A big thank you to our professional drivers!

A bit about our guest:

Sophia L. Thomas, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, PPCNP-BC, FNAP, FAANP, is president and Acting Chief Executive Officer of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners® (AANP). A family and pediatric nurse practitioner (NP) at the DePaul Community Health Center in Kenner (New Orleans), Louisiana, Dr. Thomas’ clinical practice has focused on providing care to the medically underserved families. Dr. Thomas is active within several professional organizations, including the

Louisiana Association of Nurse Practitioners (LANP). She has served in elected and appointed leadership and committee positions, including as president of LANP, and previously in AANP as Region 6 Director. Dr. Thomas was inducted as a Fellow in both the AANP in 2012 and the National Academy of Practice in Nursing in 2013. In addition to her advocacy, Dr. Thomas impacts NP education through publications and presentations on multiple clinical topics. As AANP President and spokesperson, her multimedia reach includes print, radio and television. She also speaks extensively throughout the U.S. and internationally, advocating for NP scope of practice legislation and for improving patient access to quality, affordable health care.

For more on the AANP, check out Also visit

Tune in to the "Highway to Health" every Tuesday at 8am ET on SiriusXM 146--or catch it on demand on the SiriusXM internet player or smartphone app.

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