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Discussing COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates, Hesitancy, Outreach, and Equity with The New York Times

"When we look at [vaccine] mandates, we have to put a lens of how does this impact different demographic groups — racially, gender, income, type of work, neighborhood — right, we have to have a more nuanced assessment of how we’re rolling out public health interventions.

And at Brooklyn Community Foundation, we work with a network of nonprofit organizations throughout the borough of Brooklyn here in New York City, where they’re taking all sorts of different approaches to engaging with community members, to understand what are those barriers, empathize with whatever the source of that hesitation is."

- Marcella Tillett, VP of Programs and Partnerships
Brooklyn Community Foundation

Our VP of Programs and Partnerships Marcella Tillett joined this week's conversation on "The Argument," a New York Times Podcast, to discuss the benefits and risks of vaccine mandates with fellow guest Angela Rasmussen, a virologist at the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization (VIDO) at the University of Saskatchewan, and host Jane Coaston. Listen to the episode below, and read the transcript here.

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"The other issue that we’re not talking about is who enforces these mandates. We saw the situation that emerged when we had essential workers who became enforcers of mask mandates, and had to succumb to all manners of verbal and sometimes physical violence."- Marcella Tillett