COVID Vaccine Webinar

COVID-19 Vaccines: Separating Fact from Fiction
Thursday, Aug. 19 ~ 6-7 pm

The Town of Wake Forest is partnering with WakeMed and Wake County Health & Human Services to host a free webinar on COVID-19 vaccinations on Thursday, Aug. 19, from 6-7 p.m.

“COVID-19 Vaccines: Separating Fact from Fiction,” will feature a research-based presentation by Dr. Chris DeRienzo, System Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President of Quality at WakeMed Health and Hospitals and Dr. Nicole Mushonga, Wake County Government’s Associate Medical Director and Epidemiology Program Director.

Attendees will learn how COVID-19 vaccines were created and work, vaccine safety and efficacy, the Delta variant, and local resources. The session will also include a 30-minute question-and-answer period.

Registration Required

Community members are asked to register in advance. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Submit Your Questions

Missed the webinar? Use our online form to submit your questions and we'll get answers.

Webinar Ground Rules

  • This is a community event, so please be respectful of other participants in your actions and words

  • Remember that we are all learning, so please don’t hesitate to be curious and send questions and comments

  • Finally, we want everyone to enjoy themselves and feel safe, and we will take appropriate measures to ensure the collective wellbeing of our panelists and participants

Wake Forest TV 10

Residents may also watch the information webinar live on WFTV 10. The Town’s government access channel is available to residents and businesses that subscribe to Spectrum Cable TV service. WFTV 10 is also provided in real-time streaming video

A video of the information session will be available for viewing online the following week.

Dr. DeRienzoAbout Dr. Chris DeRienzo

Dr. Chris DeRienzo serves as System Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President of Quality at WakeMed Health and Hospitals.  

As a member of the system’s senior executive team, Dr. DeRienzo’s responsibilities include clinical transformation, population health, value-based care, continuous improvement, quality & patient safety, and medical staff services.

He is also a practicing neonatologist, a Senior Scholar with the Stanford University Clinical Excellence Research Center, and serves as a Board Advisor to both Premier, Inc. (NASD: PINC) and Mercy Health (Chesterfield, MO).


Nicole MushongaAbout Dr. Nicole Mushonga

Dr. Nicole Mushonga is Wake County Government’s Associate Medical Director and Epidemiology Program Director. She has been on the frontlines of preventing COVID-19 spread, leading testing and recently vaccine for the largest county in the state. A graduate of Indiana University School of Medicine, Dr. Mushonga was a Postdoctoral Fellow for Addictions and Health Disparities at the University of Houston in Texas. She is an experienced leader with demonstrated communication, statistical analysis, and research knowledge, helping lead the Wake County Public Health team as they fight the spread of the COVID-19 virus.  She has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a focus in Behavioral Neuroscience from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and a master’s degree in Biomedical Science from Barry University.

Before joining Wake County Human Services, Dr. Mushonga was an Epidemiologist for the Kern County Public Health Services Department in Bakersfield, CA where she led their Syphilis and Congenital Syphilis programs during the height of a statewide and national outbreak. Dr. Mushonga has been committed to public health and positively impacting lives in the communities she serves.


COVID Vaccine Webinar
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