This article is 2 years old. It was published on November 17, 2021.
As COVID-19 vaccines for children 5 to 11 years old arrive in the St. Louis metropolitan area, the City of St. Louis Department of Health is working to make sure parents and guardians receive the information they’re looking for around pediatric vaccination. On Monday, November 22, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. the Department of Health, joined by Mayor Tishaura O. Jones, will host a virtual town hall meeting to provide parents with an opportunity to have their questions answered. The event, titled COVID-19 Vaccine: The Truth about the Pediatric Vaccine, is part of the COVID-19 public information series the Department has offered throughout the pandemic. Parents and caregivers can learn more about the vaccine, get their questions answered, and share their comments and concerns with the Department of Health.
“We want to make sure parents are provided the most accurate and up-to-date information on the proven safety of the COVID-19 vaccine,” says Dr. Matifadza Hlatshwayo Davis. “The Department of Health is hosting this event to make sure parents have an opportunity to receive accurate information based upon available scientific data and get their questions answered.”
Mayor Tishaura O. Jones will provide opening remarks for the event, and Dr. Matifadza Hlatshwayo Davis, Director of Health for the City of St. Louis will serve as the moderator. Dr. Fredrick Echols, Health Commissioner for the city will also be joining Dr. Matifadza Hlatshwayo Davis to assist in answering questions.
“COVID-19 vaccination is safe, effective, and free. I made sure my son got vaccinated to help protect him and our loved ones against COVID-19,” said Mayor Tishaura O. Jones. “Our pediatric vaccination program is community-driven, and this is an important opportunity for parents to have their questions answered.”
“This event, like all of our town halls are learning events for the Department of Health,” said Dr. Fredrick Echols, Health Commissioner for the City of St. Louis. “The City of St. Louis Department of Health remains dedicated to engaging members of the public in a manner that empowers them to better advocate for their health. This forum will allow the Department of Health to receive firsthand information from residents about their vaccine knowledge, perceptions, beliefs, motivations, as well as actual and potential barriers to receiving the vaccine.”
The event is free and parents and caregivers can make their reservations online through Eventbrite.