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Vanderbilt to host virtual event about vaccine hesitancy

By: - August 9, 2021 12:15 pm
Metro Public Healthy Molly Shine preps a vaccine while sister Maya and Sara Gana wait at a recent Nashville mobile vaccine clinic. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Metro Public Healthy Molly Shine preps a vaccine while sisters Maya and Sara Gana wait at a recent Nashville mobile vaccine clinic. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Vanderbilt University Medical Center and the Vanderbilt Project on Unity and American Democracy will host a virtual event August 18 at noon to “offer evidence-based context and perspective to de-escalate current heated rhetoric and dispel commonly held misunderstandings about vaccine development and efficacy.

Panelist for the event, Vaccine Hesitancy: the Politics of Public Health in Tennessee, include Dr. Alex Jahangir, a surgeon at Vanderbilt University Medical Center who is also the head of the Metro Nashville Coronavirus Task Force; Paul Mango, former deputy chief of staff at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and manager of Operation Warp Speed during the Trump administration; and former U.S. Congressman Dr. Phil Roe, a Republican from East Tennessee.

“It is vital that we convene these conversations to elevate evidence on the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines and promote healthier communities in Tennessee and across the country,” said Gray Sasser, executive director of The Vanderbilt Project on Unity and American Democracy, founded “to give policymakers and the public the tools needed to combat conspiracy and unfounded ideology with evidence, data and respectful discourse.”

Register for the event here.

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Anita Wadhwani
Anita Wadhwani

Anita Wadhwani is a senior reporter for the Tennessee Lookout. The Tennessee AP Broadcasters and Media (TAPME) named her Journalist of the Year in 2019 as well as giving her the Malcolm Law Award for Investigative Journalism. Wadhwani is formerly an investigative reporter with The Tennessean who focused on the impact of public policies on the people and places across Tennessee. She is a graduate of Columbia University in New York and the University of California at Berkeley School of Journalism. Wadhwani lives in Nashville with her partner and two children.

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