With COVID-19 multiplying throughout the community, the Louisiana Department of Health, Region 4 Office of Public Health has partnered with United Way of Acadiana, Southwest Louisiana Area Health Education Center, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette Nursing Professional Development Program and Woman’s Foundation to answer ongoing questions about the COVID-19 vaccine.
The virtual discussion, Defeating COVID-19: Answering the Community’s Questions About Vaccines, will take place on Thursday, August 5 from 12-1:30 p.m. Registration is available here. The event also will be viewable on United Way of Acadiana's Facebook for those who have not registered.
This virtual discussion will field questions from community members and address vaccine-related questions, discuss mRNA technology, and review vaccine safety and efficacy data to provide essential information about COVID-19 vaccines.
"Now that we have entered a fourth surge in COVID-19 cases, many people have questions they want answered about vaccines and the Delta variant, which is more transmissible, more dangerous and is driving our high case counts," said Dr. Tina Stefanski, OPH Region 4 Medical Director and panelist. "Vaccines are absolutely the way to slow this variant’s spread and eventually end the pandemic. It’s normal that people still have many questions about the vaccines, so we’ll be addressing concerns about their high level of safety and effectiveness and how they can protect you and your loved ones."
The panelists are local professionals representing a range of specialties, and organizers made a conscious effort to include specialists that would have expertise in some of the common topic areas expected to generate questions. The panelists include:
- Dr. Bryan Sibley (Pediatrics)
- Dr. Garabet "Garo" Akoghlanian (Infectious Diseases)
- Dr. John Storment (Reproductive Endocrinologist)
- Dr. Frank Courmier (Critical Care/Pulmonologist/Intensivist)
- Dr. Francois Villinger (Director, ULL New Iberia Research Center)
- Dr. Tina Stefanski (Regional Medical Director, OPH Region 4)
Partners for this event are United Way of Acadiana, Southwest Louisiana Area Health Education Center (AHEC), the University of Louisiana at Lafayette Nursing Professional Development Program and Woman’s Foundation.
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