Published on April 22, 2021

FRHS Infectious Disease Physician Participating as a Panelist in NET Vaccine Hesitancy Special

As COVID-19 vaccinations continue across the state, data suggest there is hesitancy to receive the vaccine among Nebraskans, including some who are part of the state's minority populations. 

Dr. Afua Ntem-Mensah, an infectious disease specialist at Faith Regional Health Services, will be one of four panelists participating in NET's "Speaking of Nebraska: Vaccine Hesitancy" being filmed on location at Lincoln High School in Lincoln, NE at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 28. The special will explore concerns and answer questions from viewers across the state. The in-person taping event is open to the public, but seating is limited to ensure social distancing. Questions can be sent ahead of time to or via the NET News Twitter and Facebook accounts. 

Other panelists include: Dr. Bob Rauner, family physician/president of the Partnership for a Healthy Lincoln; Dr. Keyonna King, assistant professor in the Center for Reducing Health Disparities at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha; and Dr. Josué Gutiérrez, family physician at Saline Medical Specialties in Crete. 

The program will take an in-depth look at the topic from a Nebraska standpoint, discuss reasons behind for vaccine hesitancy and present science-based information regarding vaccinations. 

Watch "Speaking of Nebraska: Vaccine Hesitancy" at 8:00 p.m. CT, on Thursday, May 6 on NET, Nebraska's PBS & NPR Stations or listen on radio at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, May 7.