‘Vax Facts’ live stream answers questions from Pa. LGBTQIA+ communities

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) — The Pennsylvania LGBTQ Affairs Commission hosted a ‘Vax Facts’ live stream Q&A event to answer questions from Pennsylvania’s LGBTQIA+ communities related to the COVID-19 vaccines.

The event marked the fourth discussion in a series that aims to provide Pennsylvanians with relevant and accurate information about the COVID-19 vaccine.

Executive Director Rafael Alvarez Febo moderated the panel with the goal to dispel myths and answer questions specifically about LGBTQ+ health.

“As a member of a community that’s experienced the worst of the HIV epidemic in the last ’80s, LGBTQ+ people have taken the COVID-19 pandemic seriously,” Febo said. “Ensuring that our community is well informed about the COVID-19 vaccines allows people to make the best decisions for their health.”

Febo was joined by Dr. Denis Johnson, Acting Physician General, Dr. Eloho Ufomata, Assistant Professor of Medicine Division of General Internal Medicine and Advisory Dean University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, and Sarah Rosso, Executive Director Hugh Lane Wellness Foundation.

“COVID-19 has disproportionately affected vulnerable communities, we know that there have been inequities along for communities of color and under-resourced communities,” Dr. Ufomata said. “Unfortunately, we do not have robust data collection for LGBTQ folk. We do know that historically, this population has faced vulnerability with access to healthcare.”

The panel discussed topics relevant to vaccine safety for the community including PreP, HIV treatments and Transgender affirming care.

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