AFE Sponsors Online COVID Vaccine Safety Forum

Wednesday, March 9 – 5:30 – 6:30 pm

Even as COVID positivity rates drop in New York State and the Capital District, vaccination is still a key step in keeping our families safe and our students in school. Many parents and staff members are still uncertain about the COVID-19 vaccines. To help address these concerns – and keep our kids in school and learning – the Albany Fund for Education is sponsoring an online forum where families, students, and staff to ask and have their questions about COVID vaccines answered by health care professionals who understand and respect their concerns. Our panel of professionals includes:

Dr. Janice Pride-Boone
Dr. Boahema Pinto
Emergency Medicine
Albany Medical Center
LaQuetta Ellis, LPN
Co-Owner, Hearts
and Mind Training Center
Brooke A Raveendranath
Pediatric Nurse Practicioner
St. Peters Health Partners

The forum will be moderated by Paul Collins-Hackett “aka Batman,” an AFE Board member and the Executive Director of the Red Bookshelf

These professionals will answer your questions and concerns about the COVID-19 vaccine. :

“If the vaccine works, why are people still getting COVID? And why all these boosters?”

They say it’s safe now, but how do we know what it will do ten years from now?

“I just don’t feel comfortable giving this to my kids.  I heard some kids have heart problems!

In order to allow the panelists to give your questions their full attention, we ask that you submit them in advance by Monday, March 7, using this form

You can access the forum on March 9 on any device at Can’t make it? It will be recorded and available afterwards using the same link.

Simultaneous Spanish translation will be offered. Se ofrecerá traducción simultánea al español para el programa.

Please note that this is not a school-sponsored event. The City School District of Albany is not responsible or liable for any problems or damages arising from participation in this activity.