Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health announces dates for outreach program

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MIDWESTERN ONTARIO – Training is completed for all volunteers participating in the Community Vaccine Champion (CVC) workshops, and the Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health is ready to begin reaching out to vaccine-hesitant community members in rural Ontario.

Daniel Stuckless, a pharmacy student at the University of Waterloo, provided Midwestern Newspapers with an update that included upcoming dates when the CVC sessions would begin.

The sessions are meant to be an open discussion on COVID-19 vaccination, delving deep into perspectives and questions about the vaccines from rural residents.

Stuckless created an event page for more information and to join in on the discussion at reachingrural.eventbrite.com/, which states the following:

“Join us for an open discussion on vaccination and the pandemic. The debate surrounding vaccination is as fiery as ever. Too often, people with honest concerns about vaccination are looked down upon and treated with derision. This is especially problematic in rural Ontario, where the pandemic has only made it more difficult for people to connect.

“We invite vaccine hesitant participants to discuss their values and beliefs surrounding vaccination in an open forum alongside fellow rural residents. Talk about the facts, the fiction and where we all stand in face of this issue. Discuss vaccine related info, where to find it, and how to be best informed to make the choice for yourself.”

Current dates available:

Wednesday, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 13 at 1 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 16 at 1 p.m.

For more information, contact drstuckless@uwaterloo.ca.

Cory Bilyea, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Wingham Advance Times

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