The COVID-19 Vaccine Education and Equity Project facilitated a Spanish-Language Fireside Chat, featured on Facebook, on September 9th at 2:00 pm CT. This virtual event focused on building COVID-19 vaccine confidence and how health experts are working to increase vaccine uptake in Houston’s Latinx communities and beyond.
Confirmed participants included:
- Venus Ginés, President and Founder of Día de la Mujer Latina
- Dr. Zaida Lopez, epidemiologist with the Houston Health Department’s Bureau of Epidemiology
Given the state of vaccination rates in Texas and the rise of the Delta variant, the COVID-19 Vaccine Education and Equity Project convened a discussion around overcoming vaccine hesitancy, particularly among Houston’s diverse population on August 16th.
Representative Kevin Brady (TX-08)
Dr. Andrea Caracostis, Chief Executive Officer, HOPE Clinic
Venus Ginés, President and Founder, Día de la Mujer Latina
The Honorable Sylvester Turner, Mayor, City of Houston
Karyne Jones, President and CEO, National Caucus and Center on Black Aging, Inc.
With children 12 years of age and older eligible for COVID-19 vaccination and families gearing up for the start of a new school season, the COVID-19 Vaccine Education and Equity Project convened a webinar intended to answer commons questions about the vaccine and provide parents with the information they need to include vaccination as part of their school-ready checklist on August 3rd.
Confirmed participants included:
- Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and Chief Medical Advisor on COVID-19 to the president
- Dr. Peter Marks, director of the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER) at the Food and Drug Administration
- Dr. Lee Savio Beers, President of the American Academy of Pediatrics, professor of Pediatrics and the medical director for Community Health and Advocacy at Children’s National Hospital
- Linda Mendonca, DNP, RN, PHNA-BC, NCSN, FNASN, President of the National Association of School Nurses
- Karyne Jones, President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Caucus and Center on Black Aging, Inc. and co-convener of the COVID-19 Vaccine Education Equity Project
- Sue Peschin, President and CEO of Alliance for Aging Research and co-convener of the COVID-19 Vaccine Education Equity Project
With summer camps, sports leagues and the rollout of vaccines for adolescents underway across the country, the COVID-19 Vaccine Education and Equity Project convened a discussion around building confidence in and ways to increase access to vaccines for children age 12-17 on July 1st.
- Laura Blaisdell, MD/MPH, FAAP, Medical Director at Camp Winnebago, Vice President of Maine AAP and founding member of Maine Families for Vaccines
- Dr. Amanda Cohn, Chief Medical Officer of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases; Executive Secretary of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices; CAPT, US Public Health Service
- Jessica Gamaché, Director, United Methodist Camp and Retreat Ministries Association
Sue Peschin, President and CEO of Alliance for Aging Research and co-convener of the COVID-19 Vaccine Education Equity Project moderated the discussion.
Watch the COVID-19 Vaccine Education and Equity Project’s June 9th town hall discussion hosted in conjunction with WBRC FOX6 News in Birmingham, Alabama. This conversation brought together a panel of healthcare, faith-based and community leaders for a dialogue on the infrastructure, geographic and socioeconomic barriers impacting rural and underserved communities’ ability to equitably access COVID-19 vaccinations, as well as the importance of addressing vaccine hesitancy in communities throughout the state and country.
The one-hour town hall was moderated by WBRC FOX6 news anchor Morgan Hightower and began with a video message from Alabama U.S. Senator Tommy Tuberville , encouraging all Alabamians to get vaccinated against COVID-19. The subsequent discussion included panelists:
- Karyne Jones, COVID-19 Vaccine Education and Equity Project convener and President & CEO of the National Caucus and Center on Black Aging
- Dr. Derrick Jordan, Pastor at Hope Everlasting Ministry
- Michael Saag, M.D., Professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases Associate Dean, Global Health, UAB Medicine
- John Waits, M.D., FAAFP, CEO, CFMR Program Director, FM & OB Faculty, Physician at Cahaba Medical Care
Hear from Dr. Saad Omer, Infectious Disease Epidemiologist and Director of the Yale Institute for Global Health on the development and approval process of COVID-19 vaccines, as well as the importance of engaging with diverse communities around vaccine hesitancy.
Watch the “Exploring the COVID-19 Vaccine Development and Approval Process for Adolescents” webinar featuring a panel of pediatric and family medicine experts discussing how the clinical trials were done for 12-15 year-olds, the regulatory approval process that was followed and addressing parents’ top questions to help build confidence in the vaccine for adolescents. Panelists included:
• Dr. Peter Marks: director of the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER) at the Food and Drug Administration
• Dr. Ada D. Stewart, MD, FAAFP, a family physician with Cooperative Health in Columbia, South Carolina, president of the American Academy of Family Physicians
• Patsy Stinchfield, MS, CPNP, past voting member and current liaison to the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) representing the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP), President-Elect of National Foundation for Infectious Diseases
Beth Battaglino, RN-C, CEO of HealthyWomen and a co-convener of the project moderated this discussion.
Watch the COVID-19 Vaccine Education and Equity Project’s April 29th Vaccine Townhall Special with FOX Soul, a live and interactive streaming channel dedicated to reaching the African American community. The townhall style event was moderated by Dr. Sean McMillan and Anton Peeples and focused on increasing awareness and understanding about the safety and effectiveness of authorized COVID-19 vaccines.
The event helped address questions that exist within the African American community about the vaccines and the COVID-19 pandemic, and informed the audience about the benefits of vaccination. The following panelists participated:
- Karyne Jones, COVID-19 Vaccine Education and Equity Project convener and President & CEO of the National Caucus and Center on Black Aging, Inc.
- Rev. Dr. Derrick DeWitt, Director of Maryland Baptist Aged Home and Senior Pastor of First Mount Calvary Baptist Church in Baltimore, MD
- Dr. Freda Lewis-Hall, leader in life sciences
- Dr. Takeisha Davis, CEO of New Orleans East Hospital
FOX Soul’s Vaccine Townhall Special from COVIDVxProject on Vimeo.
Listen to the COVID-19 Vaccine Education and Equity Project’s March 2021 webinar, “Overcoming Barriers to COVID-19 Vaccine Confidence Among Long-Term Care Employees.”
Featured speakers included:
- Dr. Radhika Gharpure, epidemiologist on CDC’s Vaccine Task Force and lead author, “Early COVID-19 First-Dose Vaccination Coverage Among Residents and Staff Members of Skilled Nursing Facilities Participating in the Pharmacy Partnership for Long-Term Care Program”
- Dr. Stephen Perez, nurse epidemiologist and clinical lead for CDC’s Vaccinate with Confidence team
- Dr. David Gifford, American Health Care Association’s Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President of Quality, Research, and Regulatory
- Rev. Dr. Derrick DeWitt, director, Maryland Baptist Aged Home and senior pastor, First Mount Calvary Baptist Church, Baltimore, Md.
- Dr. Krista Capehart, Clinical Associate Professor & Director of Wigner Institute for Advanced Pharmacy Practice, Education & Research at West Virginia University
- Resources on how to talk to family and friends about COVID-19 vaccines:
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s long-term care toolkit
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s information on ways long-term care facilities can continue to receive COVID-19 vaccines