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Addressing COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy and Misinformation
As of late 2020/early 2021, COVID-19 vaccines are being distributed to the global population, beginning the climb out of this pandemic. However, a subset of vaccine misinformation can be found circulating on certain social media platforms and to some extent physically to the public. This can put the most vulnerable including newcomers at great risk of the health consequences of the virus. This panel discussion will provide in-depth discussion about vaccine hesitancy, addressing vaccine misinformation and strategies that can support newcomers and others in accessing facts for a better understanding of the various COVID-19 vaccines available across Canada.

Learning objectives:
• Gain a better understanding of the types of vaccine hesitancy
• Learn about successful strategies for addressing covid-19 vaccine hesitancy and misinformation

Répondre à l’hésitation et à la désinformation concernant le vaccin contre la COVID-19

Depuis fin 2020 et début 2021, les vaccins contre la COVID-19 sont distribués à la population mondiale, ce qui marque le début de la sortie de cette pandémie. Cependant, un sous-ensemble d’informations erronées sur les vaccins circule sur certaines plateformes de médias sociaux et, dans une certaine mesure, est physiquement accessible au public. Cela peut exposer les plus vulnérables, notamment les nouveaux arrivants, à un grand risque de conséquences sanitaires du virus. Le groupe d’experts de ce webinaire discutera en profondeur de l’hésitation à se faire vacciner, de la désinformation sur les vaccins et des stratégies qui peuvent aider les nouveaux arrivants et d’autres personnes à accéder aux faits pour mieux comprendre les différents vaccins contre la COVID-19 disponibles au Canada.

Objectifs d’apprentissage:
• Mieux comprendre les types d’hésitation à se faire vacciner
• Apprendre à connaître les stratégies efficaces pour lutter contre l’hésitation et la désinformation concernant le vaccin contre la COVID-19

Apr 28, 2021 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Dr. Anna Banerji
Paediatric Infectious and Tropical Disease Specialist @University of Toronto
Dr. Anna Banerji is an associate professor in pediatrics at the Temerty Faculty of Medicine, and at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health and is a pediatric infectious and tropical disease specialist. She graduated from medical school at U of T and trained at Ottawa University (pediatrics), McGill University (infectious disease and tropical medicine). She received an MPH in International Health from Harvard School of Public Health where she was selected “promising graduate” for the class of 2003. She uses a human rights framework for her work, research and education and is an advocate for both Indigenous and refugee populations. Dr. Banerji has been working with refugees for most of her career. She founded the Canadian Refugee Health Conference in 2009 and is the co-founder of the North American Refugee Health Conference (NARHC) which she chairs in alternative years in Toronto. She is also the co-founder and president of the North American Society of Refugee Healthcare Providers.
Dr. Sarah Funnell
Associate Medical Officer of Health @Ottawa Public Health
Dr. Sarah Minwanimad Funnell is a First Nations Family Physician and Public Health Specialist. Sarah is an Associate Medical Officer of Health at Ottawa Public Health and Director of Indigenous Health within the Department of Family Medicine at Queen’s University. Previously Sarah offered Primary Care services for refugees, immigrants, homeless and Indigenous people. Since March 2020, Sarah has directed her attention towards supporting the COVID-19 response and advancing Indigenous Health Medical Education. After completing medical school at the University of Ottawa (U of O), Dr. Funnell pursued her dual interests in family medicine and epidemiology through the five-year Public Health and Preventive Medicine Residency Program at U of O. She received her Certification in the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CCFP) in 2015. Her background is Algonquin and Tuscarora and grew up among the Mississaugas of Alderville First Nation.
Dr. Esther Ajiboye
Content Specialist @Refugee 613
Dr. Esther Ajiboye is a communications professional with over a decade’s experience facilitating audience-specific communications for diverse groups and individuals. She firmly believes that language is a powerful resource for inclusion, social cohesion, social organization, and social transformation; this is the crux of her writings which appear in renowned language and communication journals, including Discourse and Society, Pragmatics and Society, and Journal of Asian and African Studies. She has taught language and communications strategies to university students and professionals in the service industry. She is a fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies (Awardee: African Humanities Program). She currently works as a Content Specialist for the Newcomer Info Hub project at Refugee 613 where she produces trusted COVID-19 and newcomer-specific information in linguistically accessible and culturally relevant formats to effectively reach newcomer audiences.