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Panel to discuss Black views on coronavirus, vaccines

Posted on February 19, 2021

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Hal Usher of Wilson Medical Center holds a vial of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine.

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Hal Usher of Wilson Medical Center holds a vial of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine.

A virtual panel discussion is planned Tuesday to separate fact from fiction when it comes to the Black community’s historical relationship to vaccines.

“Blacks are more likely to get sick and die from COVID than their white counterparts but also have more hesitancy and less access to the vaccine that can protect them,” said Uriah Ford, spokesman for a community action agency serving Nash and other nearby counties.

Franklin Vance Warren Opportunity will host a virtual discussion to gain insight about how the Black community has historically viewed vaccines and the current concerns surrounding the COVID-19 vaccine, Ford said.

The webinar, “Vaccinations and You: An Examination of the Black Community’s Relationship to Vaccines,” is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Tuesday. The discussion will also address the need for the Black community to trust the COVID-19 vaccine.

Hosted by FVWOpp Executive Director Abdul Sm Rasheed, panel members include: 

• Former U.S. Rep. Eva Clayton.

• Dr. Cosmos George, a retired health care professional.

• Dr. Michelle Laws, assistant director of the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services.

“FVWOpp cares deeply about the well-being of our community,” Rasheed said. “This discussion provides an opportunity to generally address some of the concerns related to previous vaccine programs and specifically educate on the COVID-19 vaccine.”

The free webinar will be livestreamed on Facebook. To follow the agency’s Facebook page, visit the shortened link https://bit.ly/3az0VDd. 

FVWOpp administers social service programs in partnership with federal, state and local government agencies, charitable organizations and private donors.

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