The first instalment of Navigating the News, a new monthly talk at the Kingston Frontenac Public Library (KFPL), will feature a discussion on vaccinations led by two doctors who are part of the Queen’s University Pubic Health and Preventative Medicine program.
The library said that vaccination is on a lot of people’s minds, and the subject of many conversations right now. “It’s important to cut through the noise and get reliable facts,” KFPL said in a media release, dated Monday, Sept. 20, 2021. “To combat misinformation and support community members, KFPL is hosting Navigating the News: Vaccination, an online talk with local health professionals.”
Participants will learn why vaccine hesitancy is so widespread, how to distinguish trustworthy vaccine information sources from misinformation, and how to talk about vaccines with people who disagree, according to the release. The library stated that all of these skills are critical to managing our health as individuals as well as the wellbeing of our communities.
“Vaccination is a complicated subject,” explained Anne Hall, Programming and Outreach Librarian. “Not only is each of us affected differently by COVID-19, depending on our age, existing health, the type of work we do and our living conditions, but then there are all the different vaccines and now their new names. Sometimes it seems like the experts change their minds every month, and social media is rife with conspiracy theories and dramatic claims. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed.”
Dr. Golden Gao and Dr. Samantha Buttemer, both part of the Queen’s University Pubic Health and Preventative Medicine program, are leading the talk, which will take place over Zoom at 7 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 27, 2021.
Attendees can register online at calendar.kfpl.ca, or over the phone at (613) 549-8888. Registration will close at 6 p.m. on the day of this program.
The new series, Navigating the News, will focus on how to inform oneself on complex topics and how to distinguish between reliable sources and misinformation, the library said. For more information about this event, visit www.kfpl.ca or call your local branch.