Cara Page, Dr. Uché Blackstock and Dr. Torian Easterling will be panelists at the town hall. Photo: Supplied.

Brooklyn Movement Center is holding a Black Brooklyn Town Hall on the COVID-19 vaccines to bring together neighborhood experts to break down the facts of COVID-19 vaccines.

The virtual panel will include presentations from Changing Frequencies Founding Director Cara Page, Advancing Health Equity Founder and CEO Dr. Uché Blackstock and NYC Department of Health & Mental Health First Deputy Commissioner and Chief Equity Officer Dr. Torian Easterling. The presentations will be followed by group discussions.

Brooklyn Movement Center Deputy Director Anthonine Pierre said there was a lot of talk about why Black people weren’t taking the vaccines – from conspiracy theories to lack of access.

“We wanted to bring together experts right in our neighborhood to give us the facts. Having the facts is the first step for us to decide if the vaccine is right for our community.”

The coronavirus pandemic hit the Black community particularly hard, and racial disparities have persisted in the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccines. Central and East Brooklyn neighborhoods, that include high numbers of residents of color, remain some of the least vaccinated in the city.

The town hall will discuss vaccine skepticism and the valid reasons to be cautious of medical racism. The stated aim is to lay out the facts so residents can decide what is right for themselves and their families.

The town hall will be held Monday, March 15 between 6:30-8:30pm. To register, click here.


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