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4/26/2021 - Jackson, Miss.

Students from all eight public universities in Mississippi have the opportunity to have their questions about COVID-19 vaccinations answered by experts in real time at a Virtual Town Hall Meeting, which will be held Tuesday, April 27, 2021, from 6:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., and moderated by student campus leaders. Students may submit questions through an online form.

Presenters include:

  • Dr. Thomas Dobbs, State Health Officer for the Mississippi State Department of Health;
  • Dr. Samuel Jones, Director of the Jackson State University Student Health Center;
  • Clayton Whitehead, Health Communications Specialist, Centers for Disease Control, Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention; and
  • Shanice White, Director of JSU's Latasha Norman Center for Counseling Services.

"We are thankful to Dr. Dobbs for taking the time to participate in this forum," said Dr. Casey Prestwood, Associate Commissioner for Academic and Student Affairs. "Our universities want to give students an opportunity to have their questions about the COVID-19 vaccines answered in hopes they will get vaccinated. Having everyone in the campus community do their part and get vaccinated will enable our campuses to lift COVID-19 guidelines."

Coordinated by the Jackson State University College of Health Sciences, the forum will be held at Jackson State University and will be broadcast at all eight universities. Students may join through Facebook, at Facebook.com/JSUTV and Facebook.com/JacksonStateU. The purpose of the forum is to allow students to ask questions about the vaccine in hopes of alleviating concerns and encouraging students to get vaccinated.


The Mississippi Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning governs the public universities in Mississippi, including Alcorn State University; Delta State University; Jackson State University; Mississippi State University including the Mississippi State University Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine; Mississippi University for Women; Mississippi Valley State University; the University of Mississippi including the University of Mississippi Medical Center; and the University of Southern Mississippi.

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