NEW JERSEY — As part of its streaming series on the COVID-19 vaccine, the New Jersey Department of Health is hosting a free public town hall discussion led by medical professionals from NJ’s Asian American communities; the April 20, 7 p.m. event will address facts, fears, and myths concerning the vaccine.

“Over a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, virus continues to circulate across our state and nation,” said the website announcement. “Vaccination is a crucial component in battling the virus and getting us closer to doing more in many aspects of our lives. Unfortunately, a mistrust of and resistance to the COVID-19 vaccine combined with bias against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders related to coronavirus is resulting in a lower proportion of these communities seeking out the COVID-19 vaccine in New Jersey.”

Janine Llamzon, RN at St. Joseph’s University Medical Center, Paterson, will moderate the discussion with Dr. Hafeza Shaikh, DO, FACC, FACOI, Cherry Hill Free Clinic and co-founder of CommUNITY SJP, and Dr. Naveen Merohtra, pediatrician and adjunct faculty member at Rutgers — Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Jersey.

Questions for the panel may be submitted in advance on the registration page.