Senator Krueger's Virtual Town Hall Series
New York City Reopens, Part 3: Vaccine Confidence/Vaccine Hesitancy: Finding the Balance to Contain COVID-19 through Vaccination

On Tuesday, June 30th from Noon - 1:15 p.m., join Senator Liz Krueger and Dr. Heidi Larson for the third Virtual Town Hall about Reopening New York City. During the second Town Hall in this series, Dr. Demetre Daskalakis explained that one goal of the Test, Trace and Take Care (T3) program is to help address any resurgences in COVID-19 transmission that occur before a vaccine is developed. Furthermore, that a vaccine is unlikely to be developed before a resurgence occurs. The development of a COVID-19 vaccination is integral to keeping New York City open for business and to controlling the virus over time, yet rumors about COVID-19 vaccinations are already circulating, as is distrust of the vaccine-development process. Part 3 of this series will offer information on the history of vaccine hesitancy, how the public makes decisions about the safety of medical interventions, and the importance of addressing inaccurate information to maximize potential measures to contain COVID-19 through vaccination.

Dr. Heidi Larson is Professor of Anthropology, Risk and Decision Science at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, and Director of The Vaccine Confidence Project (VCP), a World Health Organization (WHO) Centre of Excellence on addressing Vaccine Hesitancy. Professor Larson’s research focuses on the analysis of social and political factors that can affect uptake of health interventions and influence policies. Her particular interest is on risk and rumor management from clinical trials to delivery – and building public trust. She is currently the Principal Investigator for a global study on Public Sentiments and Emotions Around Current and Potential Measures to Contain and Treat COVID-19.

You will have the option to view the event online through Facebook or to listen by calling in. Please note that you do not need a Facebook account or profile to view the event. Due to there being a limited number of participants who can call in, we ask that you please view the event through Facebook if you have internet access.

To view the event, go to If you do not see the video when you land on Senator Krueger's Facebook page, please hit "refresh" in your browser to reload the page and see the video. Please note that the video will not appear until just before 7:00 p.m. If you do not have access to a computer, tablet, or other electronic device, you can listen in by telephone. Once you register for the event, you will receive a confirmation email with the call-in information.

The event will feature a question and answer session with Dr. Larson. If you have questions related to why rumors about COVID-19 vaccinations matter, their basis, and how they spread, as well as what helps to build vaccine confidence, register below. Attendees will be able to submit questions through Facebook during the event but are strongly encouraged to submit them in advance.
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