A televised forum featuring four Aroostook County medical providers answering viewer-submitted questions on the COVID-19 vaccines will air live on WAGM-TV, Tuesday, June 8 at 7:00 p.m.
“Don’t Wait, Vaccinate: Your Questions Answered,” is part of a regional effort to educate and inform the community on the vaccines available to area residents. The hour-long live broadcast will have the four doctors answering questions submitted by viewers, in advance of the program airing, and call-in questions shared from a phone bank where volunteers will be on-hand to answer calls during the show.
On the program’s panel will be Dr. Jordan Albert, Pharmacy Manager at Northern Maine Medical Center in Fort Kent, Josee Romann FNP-C at Cary Medical Center in Caribou; Dr. Renee Fournier, Pediatrician at Northern Light A.R. Gould Hospital in Presque Isle, and Dr. Brian Griffin, Chief Medical Officer and Emergency Department provider at Houlton Regional Hospital.
Community members wanting to submit questions in advance can do so through WAGM’s Facebook presence at www.facebook.com/wagmtv. The number to phone in a question during the live broadcast, between 7:00 and 8:00 p.m. on June 8, is 207-554-5153.
In addition to the “Don’t Wait, Vaccinate: Your Questions Answered” program, the campaign also includes a multi-media series with seven regional leaders from across The County sharing their reasons for getting vaccinated in 30 second public service announcements airing on local television and radio stations, as well as featured on social media.
The “Don’t Wait, Vaccinate” effort is a collaborative project coordinated by several community organizations, including the region’s four hospitals, three federally qualified health centers, several pharmacies, the Aroostook Emergency Management Agency, Aroostook County Action Program, Aroostook Agency on Aging and others. The convener for the group is the Aroostook Public Health Council, which is under the Maine Department of Health and Human Services.