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Paul Schmidt: COVID and CALD communities – Making informed decisions about vaccines

“How do the COVID vaccines work?; How safe are they?; and, Where will they be available? Giving people the chance to ask questions is a critical part of fighting the COVID epidemic. To this end Health services and CALD organisations are organising events and information about the COVID vaccines.

You may have already heard different opinions about COVID vaccination. Some genuine, some inaccurate and others deliberately untrue. At times it might be hard to separate fact from fiction and – as I am sure you know – this situation becomes worse if government experts do not work closely with CALD communities to clarify the situation.

“I have been greatly impressed by the openness of health and multicultural service providers in Queensland – to listen to community leaders, hear their concerns and receive advice about the best ways to communicate with different groups. You may have attended one of the zoom sessions with the Chief Health Officer in recent weeks. These events have been important channels for health experts to speak with community leaders.

“So how can you stay informed or contribute?

  • Details of future events: through ECCQ or by subscribing to Refugee Health Network QLD newsletter.
  • Recording of the COVID-19 vaccine information session (after February 3) here.
  • If you see opportunities for better communication about vaccines in your community please contact info@refugeehealthnetworkqld.org.au to share your valuable advice.

“I hope you can join with me to encourage Queensland Health in their efforts to work with cultural communities and model a collaborative way forward.

“Paul Schmidt – Community Connector Advisor for CALD recovery from COVID in Queensland – Australian Red Cross, pschmidt@redcross.org.au.”

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