Like HIV and hepatitis C, the COVID-19 pandemic has magnified and exacerbated long-embedded racial and socioeconomic inequities. Communities who experience these inequities are a priority for COVID-19 vaccination programs, but important factors may limit vaccine uptake. As we move forward in the roll-out of vaccines, we must ensure that our communities are not left behind with the full vaccination schedule and related services.
This webinar will explore systemic- and community-level issues related to COVID-19 vaccine uptake among some communities disproportionately affected by HIV or hepatitis C who are also at greater risk for COVID-19. Experts will share their insights related to supporting these communities to gain access to and feel confident about COVID-19 vaccines, as well as the role of frontline HIV and hepatitis C service providers in supporting this effort.
Moderator: Shriya Hari, CATIE
• Ky’okusinga Kirunga, African and Caribbean Council on HIV/AIDS in Ontario
• Patrick McDougall, Dr. Peter Centre
• Harlan Pruden (Nehiyô/First Nations Cree), Chee Mamuk, B.C. Centre for Disease Control
• Bernadette Lettner, South Riverdale Community Health Centre
• Praney Anand, Alliance for South Asian AIDS Prevention (ASAAP)
English-French simultaneous interpretation will be offered during this webinar.