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COVID Vaccination Hesitation

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The recent halt to the vaccine made by Johnson & Johnson has sparked some to be skeptical of its safety, and has created a hurdle for ongoing efforts to boost COVID-19 vaccination messaging among Black and Brown communities in North Carolina.

Host Leoneda Inge talks about the ripple effects of the Johnson & Johnson pause with Mari Ross-Alexander, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Health and Wellness at North Carolina Central University, and Dr. Viviana Martinez-Bianchi, director of health equity at Duke University’s Department of Family Medicine and Community Health and co-founder of Latin-19.

Leoneda also reflects on this week’s guilty verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial and what it means for racial justice as killings of Black Americans at the hands of police continue.

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Leoneda Inge is the co-host of WUNC's "Due South." Leoneda has been a radio journalist for more than 30 years, spending most of her career at WUNC as the Race and Southern Culture reporter. Leoneda’s work includes stories of race, slavery, memory and monuments. She has won "Gracie" awards, an Alfred I. duPont Award and several awards from the Radio, Television, Digital News Association (RTDNA). In 2017, Leoneda was named "Journalist of Distinction" by the National Association of Black Journalists.
Charlie Shelton-Ormond is a podcast producer for WUNC.
Rebecca Martinez produces podcasts at WUNC. She’s been at the station since 2013, when she produced Morning Edition and reported for newscasts and radio features. Rebecca also serves on WUNC’s Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accountability (IDEA) Committee.