Conversations aim to alleviate fear, disinformation around vaccines

Published on February 19, 2021

To support Denver’s communities of color and older adult residents, Mayor Michael B. Hancock is leading a series of vaccine-focused panel discussions, town halls and honest conversations about the impacts of COVID-19.  Vaccinating a significant majority of the population will be key to ending this pandemic, and it is critical that people have the facts.

“These remain uncertain times for many, and anything we can do to give our residents peace of mind about the safety and efficacy of these vaccines is one more step toward moving our community from rescue to recovery,” Mayor Hancock said of the importance of these conversations.

 To date, the Mayor has hosted three community conversations:

In partnership with Rocky Mountain PBS, the fourth conversation will focus on our older adult residents. Older adults – who are already isolated by barriers such as physical disabilities, lack of transportation, technology barriers, or illness – are often left behind or marginalized when it comes to critical information about their health and well-being. That gap is even greater when we talk about communities of color. The panel will air on Rocky Mountain PBS on Saturday, Feb. 20 at 6 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 21 at 10 a.m., and on future dates on the City’s channel, Denver8.

 This series of discussions has addressed the disproportionate impacts of the pandemic, stressed the safety and efficacy of the vaccine, and acknowledged the very real feelings of fear and distrust that exist between communities of color and the medical community. We encourage the community to share these links on their platforms to empower others with life-saving information and context during this pandemic.

 

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