As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, there has been discussion around the potential need for “booster shots” of the COVID-19 vaccine. Throughout the pandemic there have been ongoing clinical studies to monitor the safety and efficacy of the approved vaccines. The research has shown that all of the approved vaccines remain highly effective against the virus and the variants that have emerged to date. Currently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the FDA have not established the need for COVID-19 booster doses.
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.
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.