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Wednesday, April 21, 2021 - Mercy Iowa City Chief Medical Officer to participate in “Why Should I Get A COVID-19 Vaccine?” Panel Discussion Event

Mercy Iowa City Chief Medical Officer and Vice President of Medical Affairs Stephen Scheckel, MD, will serve as an expert panelist in an upcoming virtual discussion centering around the topic: “Why Should I Get A COVID-19 Vaccine?”

The United Way of Johnson & Washington Counties will host this panel discussion virtually on Thursday, April 22. The United Way is working to provide clear information to inform the community on the COVID-19 vaccine, partnering with Mercy Iowa City and Towncrest Pharmacy. Panelists will answer submitted questions from the public, present facts and dispel some of the fiction and rumors centering around the vaccine and vaccination process.

“The number of people getting vaccinated in our community and state is trending upward,” said Scheckel. “With all Iowans 16 years and older eligible to get the vaccine, and more doses of the COVID-19 vaccine available, it is imperative that we work to reach our goal of herd immunity and encourage others to get vaccinated.”

United Way of Johnson & Washington Counties will live stream the panel discussion via Zoom hosted by Rebecca Neades, Vice President Community Development and Governmental Affairs at GreenState Credit Union. Panelists joining the discussion will include Scheckel and Randy McDonough, PharmD, MS, BCGP, BCPS, FAPhA, Co-Owner at Towncrest Pharmacy. Registration is required to receive your Zoom link to join the call.

“We know community members have many questions and some concerns about how the COVID-19 vaccine will affect their personal and family's health as well as activities in their communities,” said Katie Knight, President & CEO of United Way of Johnson & Washington Counties. "This event offers an opportunity to elevate and address those questions."

To register, visit United Way of Johnson & Washington Counties’ website at https://www.unitedwayjwc.org/form/why-should-i-get-a-covid-vaccine. Upon registration, guests can post questions for the panel. Questions will be addressed pending time restraints and no questions will be taken during the call. Media is encouraged to register and submit questions ahead of the start time on Thursday, April 22.

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About Mercy Iowa City

Mercy Iowa City is an acute care hospital and regional referral center for southeast Iowa. Mercy has received: the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) 5 Star Rating as a Top 2% of all hospitals for the 4th consecutive year, the only hospital in Iowa to do so; the Fortune IBM/Watson Health 100 Top Hospital ranking; the accredited Chest Pain Center with the American Heart Association Gold Plus Achievement Award for Stroke Care; the Top 100 Community Hospitals Award in 2018 and 2019 from Becker’s Review; the Press Ganey Guardian of Excellence Award for Mercy’s Emergency Care Unit by achieving 95 percent for patient experience for 13 consecutive years; and the Center of Distinction Award from Healogics for Mercy’s Wound and Vein Center. Mercy has 234 acute care beds, 25 private rooms for outpatient surgery, a 26-bed nursery with Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, 28 primary and specialty care clinics, a medical staff of 250 physicians representing all major medical specialties and most subspecialties, and 1,350 employees. It was founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1873 and became an affiliate of MercyOne in 2017. To learn more visit www.mercyiowacity.org 

About United Way of Johnson & Washington Counties

Founded in 1919, United Way of Johnson & Washington Counties has just celebrated its 100th year as the go-to-place for social impact. United Way’s nonprofits, businesses, donors, and volunteers partner to continuously provide positive, measurable changes in our community. Looking for additional ways to support Johnson & Washington Counties? Visit their Volunteer Center, make an undesignated financial gift of support to United Way at UnitedWayJWC.org or call United Way of Johnson & Washington Counties at (319) 338-7823. Connect with United Way on social media at Twitter @ UWayJWC or on Facebook @UnitedWayofJohnson&WashingtonCounties. For photos and more information, please contact: Trisha Smith, Vice President of Development & Marketing at Trisha.Smith@UnitedWayJWC.org c:(319)270-4827.