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Have Vaccine Safety Questions? Join WLRN's Facebook Live With Doctors And A Miami Faith Leader

Join us for a Facebook Live event on Wednesday, Feb. 24, at 6 p.m. to get your COVID-19 vaccine questions answered.
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Join us for a Facebook Live event Wednesday, Feb. 24, at 6 p.m. to get your COVID-19 vaccine questions answered.

WHAT: A live panel discussion with two doctors and a faith leader to answer YOUR questions in real time on all things related to the coronavirus, COVID-19 and vaccinations in our region and you can pre-submit questions below

WHEN: 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Feb 24

WHERE: WLRN's Facebook page

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We’ll be joined by Dr. Cheryl Holder, the Interim Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusivity and Community Initiative at Florida International University and Dr. Bernard Ashby, a vascular cardiologist in Miami-Dade and the Florida state director of the Committee to Protect Medicare, along with Pastor Richard Dunn II of the Faith Community Baptist Church in Miami.

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Tuesday that more pharmacies and federal sites in South Florida will be vaccinating people 65 and older. What's more, he expects that the federal vaccine doses will make it possible for the state to open up vaccinations to teachers, police officers and fire fighters who are age 50 and older.

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But so far, the majority of people who've gotten vaccinated in our region and state are white. Black residents face unequal access and also do not have the same opportunities to visit doctors for medical care and to ask questions.

So we've organized a live panel for the public to ask experts about why they're confident the vaccines are safe, about how to stay safe and avoid a COVID-19 infection when one person in the house is vaccinated and others are not, and to address any concerns about unequal access to the vaccines and health care, especially for Black South Floridians.

Join us on Facebook Live Wednesday night to ask all of your questions and get answers from medical experts and a faith leader in real time.

Verónica Zaragovia was born in Cali, Colombia, and grew up in South Florida. She’s been a lifelong WLRN listener and is proud to cover health care for the station. Verónica has a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master's degree in journalism. For many years, Veronica lived out of a suitcase (or two) in New York City, Tel Aviv, Hong Kong, Las Vegas, D.C., San Antonio and Austin, where she worked as the statehouse and health care reporter with NPR member station KUT.