HRSA Maternal & Child Health COVID-19 Vaccination Education Webinar Series

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The HRSA-funded Rapid Response-Virtual Home Visiting collaborative, in partnership with the National Healthy Start Association and the Healthy Start TA & Support Center is hosting a webinar series on COVID-19 Vaccination Education for Pregnant Women and Children. This webinar series will provide up-to-date information on the vaccine, debunk myths and provide participants an opportunity to ask questions.


Equipping Frontline Staff to Encourage the COVID-19 Vaccine among Pregnant and Breastfeeding Women

Wednesday, December 8th, 1:30 - 3:00pm (EST)

People who are pregnant are at an increased risk for seer illness from COVID-19 as well as pregnancy complications such as preterm birth and stillbirth.  For these reasons, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends COVID-19 vaccination for people who are pregnant, breastfeeding, trying to get pregnant now, or might become pregnant in the future.

However, disinformation about the COVID-19 vaccine is posing a barrier to vaccine uptake among these specific groups of people. During this webinar, the presenters will share information on how vaccines work, the risks and benefits of the COVID-19 vaccine, how variants of the virus have different health implications, data on morbidity and mortality during pregnancy due to COVID-19, as well as debunk myths that have circulated about the vaccine so they can effectively encourage vaccination among their clients.

The presenters for this webinar are:

  • Haywood L. Brown, MD, NHSA Women's Health Advisor: Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology & Vice Dean for Faculty Affairs, Morsani College of Medicine at the University of South Florida: Senior Vice President of Academic and Faculty Affairs.  USF Health
  • Akilah Jefferson Shah, MD, MSc, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics. Division of Allergy and Immunology, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Arkansas Research Institute


Ask the Doctors: What we have learned about COVID Vaccinations for Pregnant Women and Children

Wednesday, December 15th, 3:00- 4:00pm (EST)

Part two of the webinar series will continue to equip frontline staff with accurate information about vaccinations for children. Dr. Haywood Brown, Obstetrician, and Dr. Mishelle Nace, Pediatrician, will provide information and answer submitted questions about vaccinations for pregnant women and children. This webinar will also provide resources for information on speaking to families about vaccines.

Please submit all questions by December 9th to give Dr. Brown and Dr. Nace time to work them into their presentation.  Submit your questions on vaccinations for pregnant women and children.

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