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Saving Lives with the COVID-19 Vaccine in NJ Black and Caribbean Communities

February 11, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) is hosting a virtual town hall series.

From the NJDOH event website: Nearly a year into the pandemic, COVID-19 continues to circulate across our state and nation. Vaccination is a crucial component in battling the virus, especially in communities of color that have been disproportionately impacted. We recognize that there’s mistrust of and resistance to the COVID-19 vaccine across Black and Caribbean communities due to long-standing inequities in the healthcare system.

As part of a virtual town hall series on the COVID-19 vaccine, the New Jersey Department of Health is hosting a free public conversation led by medical professionals from NJ’s Black and Caribbean communities, who will address facts, fears, and myths.

Kemi Alli, MD, CEO of Henry J. Austin Health Center in Trenton, will moderate the discussion, which will feature the following physicians:

  • Dr. Chris T. Pernell, chief strategic integration and health equity officer, University Hospital, Newark, NJ
  • Dr. Amesika Nyaku, infectious disease, Rutgers Health, and assistant professor, Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine, New Jersey Medical School, Newark, NJ
  • Dr. Harold LaRoche, NJ chapter president, Haitian Physicians Abroad


Free and open to the public. Advance registration required (login access will be provided to registered attendees). Click here for more information and to register. Note: another town hall event is being held on February 15.


February 11, 2021
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


New Jersey Department of Health
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