Real Talk About COVID-19 and Vaccines with Dr. Vickers and Dr. Marrazzo
The University of Alabama at Birmingham Minority Health and Research Center has partnered with Birmingham based minority health company Acclinate on an NIH funded initiative to produce a video series addressing vaccine hesitancy and misinformation. The video series titled Real Talk About COVID-19 and Vaccines includes interviews with Dr. Selwyn Vickers, Senior Vice President for Medicine and Dean of the School of Medicine at UAB, and Dr. Jeanne Marrazzo, Director of the Division of Infectious Diseases at UAB. The purpose of this series is to pick the brains of these experts by asking them common questions about the newly released vaccines like “how safe are they?” and “when can the average person expect to receive the vaccine?”
Dr. Selwyn Vickers is a world renown pancreatic surgeon and has served as the Dean of the School of Medicine at UAB, one of the 10 largest public academic medical centers in the nation, since 2013. He earned baccalaureate and medical degrees from Johns Hopkins University and completed two postgraduate research fellowships with the National Institutes of Health and training at John Radcliffe Hospital of Oxford University, England, and was an instructor of surgery at Johns Hopkins for one year. Dr. Vickers continues to see patients while conducting research and has had continuous NIH extramural funding for the past 25 years.
Dr. Jeanne Marrazzo is a leading researcher in HIV and sexually transmitted diseases and is currently the Director of Infectious diseases at UAB. She completed her undergraduate degree at Harvard University, her M.D. at Thomas Jefferson University, a Masters of Public Health in Epidemiology at the University of Washington, and a residency at the Yale- New Haven Hospital. Dr. Marrazzo is an internationally recognized expert in the field of STI’s and is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and the Infectious Diseases Society of America.
NIH CEAL (Community Engagement Alliance Against COVID-19 Disparities) is a publically funded initiative by NIH created for the distinct purpose of providing aid and education to disadvantaged communities that have been devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic. The national CEAL committee is made up of chapters from each state that can deliver aid and social programs on a community level. The UAB MHRC is the sponsor for Alabama CEAL which is made up of over a dozen community health organizations, educational institutions, and municipalities from across the state.