NCCU to Host Discussion on COVID-19 Vaccine and Its Importance for Communities of Color

Posted February 24, 2021, 11:20PM

The North Carolina Central University (NCCU) Advanced Center for COVID-19 Related Disparities and the NCCU Virtual Justice Project will co-host a community discussion on the COVID-19 vaccine and communities of color. Study data collected and released by ACCORD has indicated that there is vaccine hesitancy in communities of color in North Carolina. The panel, hosted on Zoom, will feature NCCU academic department chairs and other members from the NCCU community, including those who have received the COVID-19 vaccine.

ACCORD outreach teams have conducted COVID-19 testing, research and educational outreach in various parts of the state and joined a partnership with the NC Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS) to research public attitudes toward COVID-19. The results provide an on-the-ground perspective across diverse people and communities that is already informing North Carolina’s communications and distribution strategy through ACCORD’s partnership with NC DHHS.


Monday, March 1, 2021, 6-7 p.m. EST


Via Zoom; register in advance:

After registering, a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar will be sent. Registration is free and open to the public.

The discussion will also air live on NCCU’s Facebook page and YouTube channel.



  • Dr. Seronda Robinson, Chair, NCCU Department of Public Health Education
  • Dr. Yolanda VanRiel, Chair, Department of Nursing
  • Ms. Jessica Jones, Senior, May 2021 Candidate, Bachelor of Science in Nursing; Vaccine Recipient
  • Ms. Krisstonia Spruiell, NCCU Alumna, Quality Control Scientist, Pfizer; Vaccine Recipient
  • Mr. D. Curtis Lawson, Director of Tennis/ Head Coach, Senior Administrator, Durham VA Health Center System and Vaccine; Vaccine Recipient


Atty. April G. Dawson, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Professor of Law, and Co-host of the Legal Eagle Review Show, WNCU 90.7 FM

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