Montclair, N.J. – Join the Montclair Chapter of the NAACP for a COVID-19 Vaccine Panel Discussion: “Let’s Talk Facts, Get Vaccinated” on Friday, February 26, 2021 at 7 PM.
Hosted by the Montclair Branch NAACP Health Committee will host this virtual panel discussion in an effort to empower, promote awareness and diminish the level of concern regarding the COVID-19 vaccine distribution. Participating on the virtual panel will be Dr. Shereef Elnahal, CEO of University Hospital; Montclair resident Dr. Chris T. Pernell, University Hospital’s first Chief Strategic Integration and Health Equity Officer. Dr. Pernell recently lost her father due to complications related to COVID-19; 1st Vice President Roger Terry, Sr., member of the Montclair COVID-19 Task Force; Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo; and Essex County Health Office Maya Lordo.
President Albert E. Pelham applauded his health committee for taking on this extremely important venture. “As the oldest and largest civil rights organization in the world, the NAACP has a duty and responsibility to address the glaring disparities in health care only exacerbated by the COVID-19 virus. Historically, communities of color have borne the greatest risk during times of crisis. There are tremendous implications here, not only effecting health care, but education, housing, and economic stability.”
Health Committee Chairperson Rosita Dotson stated that “due to growing concerns about health disparities and the general lack of trust involved, forums such as this will empower residents so that they are better equipped to make an informed decision about their own health.” The Event is free and Open to the Public