The COVID-19 vaccine for people of color: Zoom talk to address safety concerns, Jan. 19

Doctors David Alland and Amesika N. Nyaku, experts on infectious diseases, will discuss COVID-19 vaccines in a Zoom session on Jan. 19, 2021.


From Ronald Kimbrough, Third District, Morris Township Democratic Committee:

Is it safe to take the COVID-19 vaccine?

There is much speculation that we will start to get vaccinated towards the end of April into May or June. However, there is a great fear that the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines have been rushed and they may be unsafe.

Most vaccines in use today have taken years and, in some cases, decades to develop. But governments have poured huge amounts of money into companies and institutions developing vaccines, with initiatives like Operation Warp Speed in the United States and the Vaccine Task Force in the United Kingdom.

Experts worry that some Americans may be hesitant to get a coronavirus vaccine — from 36 percent of Black Americans in a recent survey who said they are “not at all likely” to get vaccinated, to anti-vaxxers, to a general public that’s been living in anxiety and uncertainty since the pandemic hit in March 2020.

Unfortunately, the sad history of experimentation on African Americans and people of color, which is a legacy we’re still dealing with, has manifested itself in reluctance on the part of some to take the vaccine.

On Jan. 19, 2021, you are invited to a Zoom town hall sponsored by Morris Township Democratic Committeeman Ronald Kimbrough, 3rd Dist.; the Morris Township Democratic Committee; Morristown Black Lives Matter; Bethel AME Church Of Morristown; and the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship.

Panelists include:

Dr. David Alland, MD MSc DTM & H
Rutgers Medical School
Chief of Infectious Diseases, Professor

Dr. Amesika N. Nyaku, MD, MS
New Jersey Medical School
Clinical Research Center, Assistant Professor

State Sen. Ronald L. Rice (D-28th Dist.


Pastor Sidney Williams Jr.
Bethel A.M.E. Church, Morristown

The Rev. Alison Miller
Morristown Unitarian Fellowship

Register in advance for this meeting.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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