LISTEN: Vaccine fears in the BIPOC community

A man with tatooed arms gets a vaccine while giving a shaka symbol
Anchorage Health Department public health nurse Marguerite Leeds administers the Covid-19 vaccine to Vauoti Tuga at the community vaccine clinic held at Manai Fou Assembly of God Church in Airport Heights on Feb. 23, 2021. (Jeff Chen/Alaska Public Media)

Many adults are still hesitant to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. While the reasons vary, for some it stems from fear and distrust of the medical establishment. In the Black, Indigenous and People of Color community, that mistrust is deeply rooted and extends to vaccines, medical treatments and even hospitals. 

HOST: Dr. Jillian Woodruff


  • Jocasta G. Olp, PharmD, MBA, Clinical Pharmacist
  • Phillip Mendoza, MD, Family Practice Physician



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LIVE BROADCAST: Wednesday, May 12, 2021, at 10 a.m. AKDT
REPEAT BROADCAST: Wednesday, May 12, 2021, at 8 p.m. AKDT


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