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Posted on: July 14, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Health Department Hosts Town Hall to Discuss Kids & COVID


Local Pediatricians Available to Answer Parent Questions About the Vaccine 


The Hamilton County Health Department will host a town hall on Thursday, July 22nd to help answer many of the common questions parents have about getting their kids vaccinated against COVID-19. Dr. Christopher Belcher, a pediatric infectious disease specialist at Ascension Medical Group in Carmel, and Dr. Shobana Pandian, a pediatrician at Community Health in Fishers, will lead the discussion and be available to help answer questions. 

“I’m a mother of four and completely understand the concerns and anxiety parents may feel surrounding the pandemic and the COVID vaccine,” says Dr. Pandian. “But I had my kids vaccinated and feel strongly it’s in our kids’ best interests to do so.” 

Drs. Belcher and Pandian plan to discuss the issue of myocarditis, the inflammation of the heart muscle; the potential long-term side effects of the vaccine; and the speed of development. They will also spend time answering any questions participants might have. 

“There’s a lot of bad information out there, we’re here to set the record straight,” says Dr. Belcher. “As someone who has treated kids gravely ill with COVID-19, I’m here to assure you that the risks associated with the vaccine far outweigh the risks associated with contracting the virus.” 

Those interested in participating in the town hall should download Microsoft Teams to their computer and join the following link on July 22nd at 6:00 p.m. 

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