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Nanogirl to host webinars for education staff

The Ministry of Education is partnering with Nanogirl Labs to deliver webinars focused on COVID-19 vaccine science and debunking vaccine myths. Image: Supplied.

From today, Nanogirl Labs together with the Ministry of Education, is hosting a series of interactive and informative webinars for education staff who may have any questions or concerns about the COVID-19 vaccine.

These virtual question and answer sessions will be hosted by Nanogirl Labs co-founder and science-communicator Dr Michelle Dickinson to ensure all teachers and support staff feel supported to play their part in protecting the community through high vaccination rates.

On Monday, the government announced that the COVID-19 vaccine will become mandatory for all New Zealand teachers and school staff by the end of this year. While evidence suggests many in the sector are already fully vaccinated, or have had their first dose of the vaccine, the mandate will raise questions for some, in pockets around New Zealand.

To help address this, and to ensure all teachers, support staff and students are protected through high vaccination rates, Nanogirl Labs, together with the Ministry of Education, will host a series of informative and interactive webinars beginning immediately.

From Wednesday October 13, Nanogirl Labs co-founder and science-communicator Dr Michelle Dickinson will be hosting the first in a series of five virtual Q&A style events for education staff who may have any questions or concerns about the vaccine.

“The aim is to ensure that these critical teaching staff who will play a significant role in keeping our community safe have access to accurate COVID-19 vaccine information, and feel supported and empowered to play their part,” says Michelle.

The sessions will encourage open conversation and provide an opportunity to have questions answered by an expert first-hand.

Educators are encouraged to submit any specific questions they might have in advance, however, there will also be a live Q&A session as part of the webinar.

“We really believe that creating safe forums such as this are pivotal right now to ensure that all teachers and school staff have the tools they need to navigate through the scientific research, jargon and data to make the right decision for themselves and for their community,” Michelle adds.

Hosted by Dr Michelle Dickinson, our COVID-19 Vaccine Science webinars will run at 10am on  Thursday October 14, with a placeholder on Friday October 15, depending on interest.

There will also be webinars at 4pm on Thursday October 21 and Friday October 22 – with further sessions possible later on.

Each session will be between 45-60minutes. There is an opportunity for participants to submit questions as part of the registration process, and in the live chat itself.

To join in one of the webinars click below:

Thursday October 14

Friday October 15

Thursday October 21

Friday October 22

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