Lunch & Learn scheduled to promote vaccine facts


 A Lunch & Learn event will be held on Monday, March 21, at noon, to provide accurate infor­mation concerning the COVID-19 vaccines.

According to Beverly Knox, Pres­ident of the Community Health Improvement Network (CHIN), there have been many rumors and myths spread through social media, word-of-mouth, and others avenues, that have caused many residents to be hesitant about tak­ing the vaccines.

The Lunch & Learn is open to the public, and will be held at the Farmers Market in DeKalb, with a free lunch provided and a physi­cian from John C. Stennis Memo­rial Hospital on hand to present accurate information concerning the vaccines and their importance to the general population. There will be a question and answer ses­sion, and a vaccination team on hand for those who choose to be vaccinated at that time. The en­tire Lunch & Learn and the vacci­nations are free of charge.

The Lunch & Learn events began in September 2021, and Knox reported that the turnout has been good, with about 40 people at each event and an av­erage of 12 people choosing to be vaccinated at the same time. Knox stated that in August 2021 it was decided that CHIN could be of real use in this area, and put everything else aside to focus on the COVID issue.

The event will be promoted on local media, and social media such as the Community Health Improvement Network Face­book page, along with public service announcements from Knox and the Kemper County supervisors.

CHIN is associated with the non-profit organization, The Montgomery Institute, named for the late Mississippi Congress­man, G.V. "Sonny" Montgomery, and is headquartered in Merid­ian. CHIN's target population is the underprivileged and under-served with not only the COVID-19 initiative, but other areas such as healthy hearts and diabetes.

CHIN partners with a large number of organizations includ­ing Anderson Regional Health System, Alliance Health Center, the City of Meridian, East Cen­tral Healthnet, and many others, who fund the programs and help to provide vital health services.

COVID-19 is a virus that has touched almost every family to some degree, with devastating results for some, and accurate in­formation is vital to help combat the disease.

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