Urban One Dallas 97.9 The Beat (KBFB-FM) and sister radio station Majic 94.5 (KZMJ-FM) will host a COVID-19 town hall this Sunday. “The Vaccine & The Black Community” virtual town hall will answer questions and address concerns regarding the vaccine rollout and how it impacts Black and Brown communities in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
“The Coronavirus pandemic has affected so many of our listeners and we feel it is our responsibility to help educate the community about the vaccine, COVID-19 safety protocols, and the stimulus package that’s so desperately needed, especially on the heels of such a historic decision,” said Tami Honesty, vice president and general manager for Urban One Dallas, in a recent statement.
The town hall comes on the heels of Texas Governor Greg Abbott call executive order to lift the state-wide mask mandate and rolling back Texas restrictions beginning next week.
“The coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated the existing health care disparities that face low-income communities,” said U.S. Rep. Marc Veasey (TX-33), who toured Dallas’ Fair Park COVID-19 vaccination site Friday. Veasey will join the panel to discuss how the government is planning to help people affected by the coronavirus in regards to healthcare, job loss, unemployment, and the pending stimulus package.
Other panelists include Dr. Froswa Booker-Drew, vice-president of Community Affairs and Strategic Alliances for the State Fair of Texas, and Carolee Estelle, M.D., interim medical director for Infectious Diseases at Parkland Health and Hospital Systems. Dr. Booker-Drew will share her personal experience of being vaccinated as well the importance of people of color being vaccinated and Dr. Estelle will explain the efficacy of the vaccines that are available and how they impact the body.
Community Affairs Director and On-Air Talent, Jazze “Radio-Chica” Maxie will moderate.