As we attempt to do our part to end this pandemic, we hear many questions about the changing circumstances we face each day. We’ve invited experts, medical professionals, and experienced faith leaders to offer guidance and help provide answers. This webinar will equip participants on what to expect from the vaccines, how houses of worship can be used for vaccination sites, what resources are now available to families and communities because of the American Rescue Plan Act, and it will provide insights into mental and spiritual issues that we should be aware of during a prolonged time of grief.
Date: Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at 1-3 pm ET on Zoom.
• Vaccine Basics – What to expect when vaccinating, possible side effects, and the difference between the three available vaccines.
• What’s in the COVID-19 American Rescue Plan Act of 2021?
• Access to the Vaccines and the Role of Faith Groups
• Staying Safe: Guidance for Large Group Gatherings, Singing and Other Activities
• Mental Health and Spiritual Issues – How to deal with grief, anxiety, and stress as we go forward
- Rev. Dr. Miriam J. Burnett, Senior Pastor, Historic Jones Tabernacle, Medical Director, AMEC Connectional Health Commission
- Dr. Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH)
- Rev. Dr. Jamie Frederika Eaddy is a Pastoral Theologian, Loss Navigation Specialist ™️, Death Doula, chaplain, author, adjunct professor and poet.
- Rev. Brenda Girton-Mitchell, Trusted Voices, Trusted Content, Trusted Spaces Project Manager, at the Conference of National Black Churches (CNBC)
- Bishop Daniel Gutiérrez, Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania
- Rev. Dr. Demetra K-M. Hutchinson, PhD, pastoral counselor and human resources and operations consultant
- Ms. Lily Roberts, Managing Director, Economic Policy Team, Center for American Progress
- Dr. Nathaniel Smith, Deputy Director for Public Health Service and Implementation Science, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- Dr. Uzma Syed, DO, FIDSA, Infectious Diseases Physician, Chair of COVID-19 Task Force at Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center, Director of Antimicrobial Stewardship Center of Excellence
- Dr. Leana Wen, public health professor at George Washington University and CNN medical analyst
Information Provided During the Webinar:
CDC Community-Based Organizations COVID-19 Vaccine Communication Toolkit for Faith-based Organizations These are resources church groups can use to promote getting vaccinated.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255
A person can text “Help” to 741741 to be connected with a crisis counselor.
“Yellow Card” from the World Health Organization proves a person was vaccinated for international travel. Now used for vaccinations for yellow fever, etc. There is a potential that some nations may require COVID-19 vaccinations for travel and that information would need to be added to a yellow card (sample).
NIH Community Engagement Alliance (CEAL): The Community Engagement Alliance (CEAL) Against COVID-19 Disparities works closely with the communities hit hardest by COVID-19, such as African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, and American Indians/Alaska Natives.
To register churches/sites to be used as vaccine distribution sites, you can use this survey instrument which Rev. Dr. Miriam Burnett sends to FEMA frequently or provide FEMA with the information directly: https://www.fema.gov/disasters/coronavirus/vaccine-support/vaccine-center