Nonprofit Hosts COVID-19 Town Hall Fighting Vaccine Disinformation

Chris Howell plans to host similar future events

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A panel of COVID-19 and vaccine experts gathered in Arlington Thursday to answer questions about the virus and dispel myths about vaccination side effects.

The Chris Howell Foundation partnered with the Tarrant County Public Health Department and the Arlington Fire Department to put on the "Conquering COVID Community Campaign" at the Bob Duncan Center to offer vaccines and booster shots and administer tests.

Recent nursing school graduate, Jazmine Hunter, told NBC 5 she appreciated events like this that encourage people to get vaccinated against the virus.

“The hospital has a shortage of nurses, so they’re working long hours and they’re tired and people still don’t want to get the vaccine,” she said. “So, this event is cool to help people go ahead and get the vaccine and educate them, as well and get them tested.”

The foundation's CEO, Chris Howell said he planned to continue hosting similar informative events.

“I think when we get vaccinated and do our part to really take care of ourselves it prevents us from being hospitalized. And it’s our part to help try to bring some normalcy back into the healthcare workers' lives," Howell said.

As of Jan. 27, Tarrant County’s adult ICU occupancy rate is at 98%.

For more information on the Chris Howell Foundation, click here.

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