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    City to Co-Host Virtual Town Hall on COVID Vaccine (Apr. 7)

    On Wednesday, April 7 at 7:00 p.m., the City of Lynchburg will partner with the Bridges to Progress Faith Taskforce to host a virtual Town Hall entitled “Faith, Facts, and the Covid-19 Vaccine” in an effort to encourage Covid-19 vaccinations among minority groups in the Lynchburg region. Register for the free event here. The town hall will also be available to view on the City’s Facebook page as well as on the City’s Comcast Channel 15. Audience participants may submit questions to the moderated panel during the event. 

    The moderated panel will be hosted by former Lynchburg City Schools administrator and Bridges to Progress Faith Task Force member Gloria Preston. Panelists include Dr. Winifred Agard, Nurse Practioner Shauntell Kline, Rev. Keith Anderson, Pastor of Highly Favored Ministries and Rev. Reason Chandler, Pastor of Jackson Street United Methodist Church.

    According to the latest demographic statistics from the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), only 15% of the African American population in Lynchburg and surrounding counties have been vaccinated, 2% of the Latino population and less than 1% of Native Americans. 

    “Our entire community needs to join the fight against COVID-19,” said Rev. Anderson. “According to the VDH report for our health district, our most vulnerable citizens are in the lowest percentile of receiving vaccinations. Therefore, we need to urge our family members, friends and neighbors to be vaccinated.”

    “When we review the data, it is clear that people of color are behind in receiving the vaccine for a number of reasons,” said Gloria Preston. “I hope the information we share in this town hall will dispel some of the myths and encourage more people to get vaccinated.”

    Register for free: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_7NhgBbyLS_mw03gqb_G65w