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COVID Vaccines For Kids; Protecting Your Mental Health; EV Rider; Hugo's

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The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is pictured.

COVID-19 vaccine approval for kids under 12 might be approaching soon.

The first results from a highly anticipated trial studying the effectiveness and safety of the Pfizer and BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11 showed promising results.  The companies ensure the vaccine's effectiveness. 

Guest: Dr. Mobeen Rathore, professor and associate chair, Department of Pediatrics, University of Florida; chair, Infection Prevention and Control Committee; Baptist Health System hospital epidemiologist; and chief, pediatric infectious diseases and immunology, Wolfson Children’s Hospital

Mental Health In A Pandemic

The pandemic brought many challenges including in mental health, including social isolation, fear, anxiety and stress.  September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and mental health practitioners say it is important to check in with your loved ones. 

Guest: Colleen Rodriguez is the executive director of Jewish Family & Community Services and a licensed clinical social worker. She joined us with tips to navigate suicidal ideation.

Going Green: EV Rider 

Former WJCT News Digital Content Editor Bill Bortzfield joined us to introduce his new outlet aimed at driving interest in electric vehicles while highlighting the sights and goings-on of Northeast Florida. His YouTube channel is called EV Rider.

100 Years Of Hugo’s

In 1921, Albert Hugo, a German-trained decorator skilled at paper hanging, cabinet making, upholstery, and other crafts, arrived by train to Jacksonville. Albert and his wife set up shop in the dock house of Arthur and Ninah Cummer’s English Tudor Revival mansion on Riverside Avenue. Their client base grew from there, and they moved to their present Philips Highway site in 1947.  Four generations later the business is still going strong. 

Guest: Richard Hugo talked about Albert Hugo's legacy and what’s next for the family business.

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