Children & Covid-19: Everything they need to know about the virus and the vaccine​​​​​​​

About The Webinar

Coronavirus affects mostly older people and those with underlying chronic conditions, and as a result children are not a part of the Covid-19 vaccination rollout at this stage. Nonetheless Covid affects us all one way or another. Yet children and families mostly lack access to easily understandable information about the Covid-19 vaccine which can help day to day decision making and ease anxiety and fears. It also leads to misinformation, fake news, stigma and fear manifesting in various communities and settings that children are part of. 

In a special Daily Maverick live journalism webinar, Maverick Citizen Editor Mark Heywood, Professor Salim Abdool-Karim and Alex White, a young reporter at award-winning RX Radio, will open up the intergenerational dialogue as they discuss questions asked by children and the importance of hearing children’s voices regarding behaviour change and the Covid-19 pandemic

  • Prof Salim S. Abdool Karim is a South African clinical infectious diseases epidemiologist who is widely recognised for his research contributions in HIV prevention and treatment. He is Director of the Centre for the AIDS Program of Research in South Africa (CAPRISA) and CAPRISA Professor of Global Health at Columbia University. He is also Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research) at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa and Adjunct Professor of Medicine at Cornell University, New York. He is also an Associate Member of The Ragon Institute of Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard University.

  • Alex White is an 18-year-old Young Reporter at RX Radio and has been with the station for 5 years – presenting his own show called Top 10 with Alex. Alex will be representing the reporters at RX Radio, a unique award-winning (SA Radio Awards and WHO Reboot Health and Wellbeing Innovation Challenge) radio station (www.rxradio.co.za) that is by and for children and based at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital in Cape Town.

  • Mark Heywood

    Maverick Citizen Editor

  • Prof Salim Abdool Karim

    Public Health and Infectious Disease Specialist

  • Alex White

    RX Radio Young Reporter

  • Daily Maverick

    Webinar Moderator

  • In partnership with

    RX Radio

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