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UK, community leaders holding town hall to answer questions about vaccines

Published: Apr. 23, 2021 at 12:32 PM EDT
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - The University of Kentucky and community leaders are hosting a town hall to encourage people to get vaccinated.

In order to achieve herd immunity, enough people must get vaccinated, but health experts say some people are still hesitant.

UK HealthCare and community leaders are hosting a town hall Saturday morning so people can ask questions. The town hall will feature a virtual panel of health experts. They’ll talk about common misconceptions and fears about vaccine safety.

They will answer questions people may have about the vaccines.

“Now that the portals have been opened to everybody and there’s a broader base of individuals, there’s a broader stroke of the community that will now be involved and eligible to sign up for the vaccine, we feel like we need to have persistency in our messaging to continue to reach out to people and get them where they are,” said Tukea Talbert, DNP, the chief diversity officer for UK HealthCare.

Experts say they will also address how the vaccines hold up to COVID-19 variants.

“You don’t get these mutations and variants if the disease isn’t spreading,” Talbert said. “If we can stop the spread, you stop the evolution of the virus.”

People can attend the town hall in these locations.

Attendees must wear masks.

During the town hall, people can also register for a COVID-19 vaccine.

The town hall starts at 10 a.m.

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