Every couple weeks, The Steve Shannon Show checks in with SwedishAmerican's Dr. Bill Renk, to make sure you get good and truthful covid information.

Thursday morning (7-01-21) was the first time we've chatted with Dr.Renk, a pediatrician with SwedishAmerican, since Illinois reached Phase 5 of the Restore Illinois plan.

The state has been 'fully open' for a few weeks, but in no way has slowed the onslaught of misinformation and misleading headlines all over the internet. It's almost inescapable. Once the untrue stories are published, they immediately spread, then it becomes the gospel everyone is preaching.

Speaking with (and reading info from) medical professionals, scientists and researchers is more important than ever. We may be fully reopen, but just how close are we to slipping back to the worst moments of 2020.

We had two very specific questions (or topics we want to cover with Dr. Renk

The first one was regarding a headline I saw about the two-shot vaccines and why you should get one of each. The story went on to say that if you mixed them, you would get a stronger immune response.

SHOULD YOU MIX THE PFIZER & MODERNA VACCINES FOR MORE PROTECTION

The second topic we discussed with Dr. Renk was regarding the new covid variant that is getting all kinds of global coverage and to what level we should be concerned, in the U.S.

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THE DELTA COVID VARIANT

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LOOK: Answers to 30 common COVID-19 vaccine questions

While much is still unknown about the coronavirus and the future, what is known is that the currently available vaccines have gone through all three trial phases and are safe and effective. It will be necessary for as many Americans as possible to be vaccinated in order to finally return to some level of pre-pandemic normalcy, and hopefully these 30 answers provided here will help readers get vaccinated as soon they are able.

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