Ethnic Media

Fear, Hesitancy, Lack of Access -- Overcoming Barriers to Vaccines in the African American Community

WHEN: Tuesday, September 21, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm PT | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm ET

WHERE: Register in advance for this meeting: Click here.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing your individual link and information about joining the meeting.
Moderated by Pilar Marrero. Livestreamed in Spanish and English by Peninsula 360.

WHY: Hesitancy about the health care system, not hesitancy about vaccines, is part of why vaccine rates remain low among African Americans, as are fears about the vaccines and misinformation about the COVID pandemic itself. Speakers will discuss approaches that are slowly increasing Black vaccination rates in California, especially among young adults, and some will share the reasons why they delayed getting vaccinated until very recently.

Dr. Oliver T. Brooks, Chief Medical Officer, Watts Healthcare Corp., Los Angeles
Alva Brannon, recent vaccine recipient
Rev. Shepard, Pastor, St. Paul AME Church, San Bernardino
Christopher Hargrove-Thompson, student/rapper, recent vaccine recipient
Cheryl Brown, former California State Legislator and co-founder, Black Voice News
Sabrina Saunders, One Accord Project, African American Clergy & Churches (Invited)

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