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 event, scheduled for 7:00 p.m. on April 20, will address facts, fears, and myths concerning the vaccine.

“Over a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, the 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, Director of Nursing, St. Joseph's Health, 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.

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



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