Trust and Vaccines

  • Fred Vigeant

People of color have accounted for a disproportionate share of COVID-19 cases and deaths across the country.

Paired with generations of systemic medical racism and predatory experimentation on Black and brown bodies, many have formed a broad distrust of our health care system.

Studies also show that Black Americans continue to stand out as less inclined to get vaccinated than other racial and ethnic groups despite science proving COVID-19 vaccines are both safe and effective.

We’ll also look at the hesitancy regarding vaccines in Black and Brown communities as well as tackle the myths and misconceptions revolving around the COVID-19 vaccine.

Joining us for the conversation:

Rev. Dr. Brenda Alton
Rev. Dr. Brenda Alton — System Manager of Spiritual Care Services at UPMC Pinnacle
Read her bio here.

Dr. Marilyn McPherson-Corder
Dr. Marilyn Corder — pediatrician; Chief of Staff at United Medical Center in Washington, D.C.; adjunct faculty/fellow at Howard University School of Medicine; and member of the National Medical Association

Dr. Eugene Curley
Dr. Eugene Curley — Infectious Disease Physician at WellSpan Health
Read his bio here.

Anika Jackson
Anika Jackson — Director of New Initiatives at Family First Health in York
Read her bio here.

Dr. Mary Kelleher
Dr. Mary E. Kelleher — Chief Medical Officer, Berks Community Health Center
Read her bio here.

Dr. Ivan Walks
Dr. Ivan Walks — Former Chief Medical Officer for the District of Columbia and Principle Founder of Ivan Walks & Associates


Listen to Toward Racial Justice as we explore some of the racial disparities within the COVID-19 pandemic Thursday May 6 at 2pm on WITF Radio.  Listen on 89.5 and 93.3 as well as through your smart speaker by asking it to “Play WITF Radio”.

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