U of R researchers join national coalition of scientists, physicians, and pharmacists to address vaccine misinformation

News Release Release Date: May 25, 2021 10:00 a.m.

Saskatchewan chapter of COVID-19 Resources Canada to host two virtual Town Halls this week

Two University of Regina researchers will serve as panelists at virtual Town Halls this week to answer questions and help counter vaccine misinformation in Saskatchewan.

Dr. Andrew Cameron, Associate Professor of Biology and Dr. Tanya Dahms, Professor of Biochemistry are teaming up with researchers from the University of Saskatchewan and local physicians and pharmacists to answer questions from Saskatchewan people about the science and safety of COVID-19 vaccines. The goal is to provide a non-judgemental and inclusive environment that will inspire informed vaccination decisions based on accurate information.

These events are an initiative of COVID-19 Resources Canada, a national, grassroots organization of volunteers with multidisciplinary expertise that serves as a reliable source of COVID-19 vaccine information by partnering with local communities and institutions. Tanya Dahms is Saskatchewan’s regional leader, spearheading efforts across the province.

“There is a great deal of misinformation circulating about vaccines and vaccinations,” says Dahms. “In response we have assembled this panel of Saskatchewan-based experts to help the public filter through and make sense of what’s out there. These sessions will offer a safe space for Saskatchewan citizens to ask any questions they may have in relation to vaccines and vaccinations.”

In order to facilitate a safe space which promotes open and honest discussion, the town hall will not be recorded. As well media representatives are respectfully asked to refrain from attending for reporting purposes. However, interviews with organizers can be facilitated pre- or post-event (see below for details).

The online Town Halls are scheduled for:

Tuesday, May 25 - 8:00 pm (local time)
Thursday, May 27 - 8:00 pm

Members of the public can register for these Zoom-based sessions at Saskatchewan vaccine Q&A. A phone-in option is also available. (Information and registration for Canada-wide town halls sponsored by COVID-19 Resources Canada can also be accessed on the same site.)

COVID-19 Resources Canada has been conducting similar sessions across the country in order to deliver accurate information and empower Canadians to make informed decisions about vaccination.

Tanya Dahms is available for media interviews via the listed contact.

About The University of Regina:

The University of Regina—with campuses located on Treaty 4 and Treaty 6 territories, the ancestral lands of the Cree, Saulteaux, Dakota, Lakota and Nakoda nations and the homeland of the Métis—is a comprehensive, mid-sized university that traces its roots back to the creation of Regina College in 1911. Today, more than 16,600 students study within the University's 10 faculties and three federated colleges (Campion College, First Nations University of Canada, and Luther College). The University of Regina has an established reputation for excellence and innovative programs that lead to undergraduate, master, and doctoral degrees.

About COVID-19 Resources Canada:

COVID-19 Resources Canada is a grassroots organization of volunteers with multidisciplinary expertise, facilitating the scientific community’s response to the pandemic. COVID-19 Resources Canada is a central hub with the following goals:

  • To serve as a reliable source of information and expertise for COVID-19 research in Canada
  • To support and facilitate coordination of Canadian COVID-19 research efforts
  • To support COVID-19 capacity-building in public health, research and grassroots initiatives through skilled volunteer mobilization

 

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