April 5, 2021 at 6:00 pm PDT | by Staff reports
CA public health director & Equality California host LGBTQ+ vaccines town hall
Dr. Tomás J. Aragón (Photo Credit: UC Berkeley School of Public Health – University of California, Berkeley)

LOS ANGELES California Department of Public Health Director Dr. Tomás J. Aragón will join Equality California’s Tony Hoang on Tuesday evening for a first-of-its-kind town hall to answer any questions or concerns that LGBTQ+ Californians have about the COVID-19 vaccines. California expanded eligibility to all individuals ages 50+ on April 1, and individuals 16+ will be eligible to make an appointment to be vaccinated beginning April 15.

Tuesday’s virtual town hall is part of Equality California’s ongoing efforts to connect LGBTQ+ Californians with the resources and support they need to navigate the COVID-19 crisis — including an online Help Center (covid19.eqca.org) and help line (323-448-0126), launched in May 2020. A Spanish-language version of the Help Center will be launched in the coming days.

Research shows that the ongoing global pandemic has had a devastating impact on the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer+ (LGBTQ+) community — especially LGBTQ+ people of color. Last month, a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also confirmed that underlying health disparities faced by LGBTQ+ people are leave the community particularly vulnerable to the virus. A survey in Boulder County, CO, suggested that members of the LGBTQ+ community may be more vaccine hesitant as well.

WHO:Dr. Tomás Aragón, Director, California Department of Public Health

Tony Hoang, Managing Director, Equality California

Tami Martin (moderator), Legislative Director, Equality California
WHAT:Equality California will host a host a COVID-19 Vaccine Town Hall for LGBTQ+ Californians featuring CDPH Director Dr. Tomás Aragón and Equality California Managing Director Tony Hoang.

WHEN:Tuesday, April 6, 2021
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM PT

WHERE:Zoom – Members of the public and media should click here to RSVP (required)

ACCESSIBILITY: ASL interpretation will be provided during the Town Hall.
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