COVID-19 vaccine access for communities affected by HIV and hepatitis C

Event Date: 
June 29 2021, 12:00 pm EDT

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Like HIV and hepatitis C, the COVID-19 pandemic has magnified and exacerbated long-embedded racial and socioeconomic inequities. Communities who experience these inequities are a priority for COVID-19 vaccination programs, but important factors may limit vaccine uptake. As we move forward in the roll-out of vaccines, we must ensure that our communities are not left behind with the full vaccination schedule and related services.  

This webinar will explore systemic- and community-level issues related to COVID-19 vaccine uptake among some communities disproportionately affected by HIV or hepatitis C who are also at greater risk for COVID-19. Experts will share their insights related to supporting these communities to gain access to and feel confident about COVID-19 vaccines, as well as the role of frontline HIV and hepatitis C service providers in supporting this effort.  

Moderator: Shriya Hari, CATIE  


  • Ky’okusinga Kirunga, African and Caribbean Council on HIV/AIDS in Ontario
  • Patrick McDougall, Dr. Peter Centre
  • Harlan Pruden (Nehiyô/First Nations Cree), Chee Mamuk, B.C. Centre for Disease Control
  • Bernadette Lettner, South Riverdale Community Health Centre
  • Praney Anand, Alliance for South Asian AIDS Prevention (ASAAP) 

English-French simultaneous interpretation will be offered during this webinar.