Durham Public Schools co-hosting virtual town hall on COVID-19 vaccines for kids

DURHAM, NC (WNCN) — Durham Public Schools will host a virtual town hall together Tuesday night to discuss the COVID-19 vaccine for children.

The town hall will be an opportunity for parents and community members to hear from local pediatricians about Pfizer’s COVID vaccine for children ages 5-11.

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The event is being held in conjunction with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, the Durham County Department of Public Health, Chapel Hill Pediatrics, WAR4Life, the ABC Science Collaborative and other local community organizations.

“With the recent news that the FDA has cleared the emergency use of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for younger students and with CDC approval expected soon, it is critical that we educate our community and encourage students to get vaccinated against this terrible virus,” said Dr. Pascal Mubenga, DPS Superintendent. “This virtual town hall will enable our families to hear from local medical experts and get answers to many of their questions.”

At City Hall, Dr. Charlene Wong of NCDHHS in attendance, as well as Dr. Mary Cooley and Dr. Mary Braithwaite of Chapel Hill Pediatrics.

“There is so much misinformation being spread in our communities when it comes to this important breakthrough in the fight against COVID,” Braithwaite said. “As a mother of three DPS students, I want to make sure every family has the opportunity to be protected from the serious complications that can come from this disease, and vaccinating students is the most effective way to protect our children.”

City Hall begins at 7 p.m. Do you want to join, click here and then click the Zoom link on the COVID-19 tab.

You can also watch on Facebook Live, YouTube and on publicly available channel 4.

Families with questions can email them for the event.

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