Dr. Shereef Elnahal is President and CEO of University Hospital in Newark, New Jersey's largest safety net hospital with over 500 licensed beds and $738.2 million in patient service revenue. He joined the Department of Health (DOH) in January 2018 and quickly established a new vision for the Department with specific goals: Eradicating the opioid epidemic; decreasing maternal mortality and improving access to women's health care; reducing disparities in public health outcomes, increasing access to health coverage and mental health care; expanding the medicinal marijuana program; and expanding telehealth and interoperability.
Preliminary data on Omicron leads us to believe that it is more likely to lead to reinfection and breakthrough infections after primary vaccination. While there is still much that we don’t know about Omicron, boosters are likely to add an extra layer of protection against infection and severe disease. We are blasting this message out to our patients, employees, and community.
There is a significant amount of hesitancy, especially in communities of color and urban communities like the one we serve here in Newark. The good news, though, is that hesitancy is moving in the right direction.