By Gregory Phillips

October 7, 2021

Three Duke experts — two pediatricians and a sociologist — discussed the progress on COVID vaccines for children, as well as misinformation directed at Latin communities, during a briefing for Spanish-speaking media.

“I am grateful that there is a vaccine that works in such an efficacious and safe manner,” said Gabriela Maradiaga-Panayotti M.D., a pediatrician with Duke Health. “The first day that I can I’m going to take my own kids, who are 7 and 9, to get vaccinated. I would never recommend something to you, to your family, that I wouldn’t do with my own.”

The briefing was the latest in a continuing series Duke has held in Spanish to make reliable, science-backed expertise more readily available to Spanish-speaking communities in North Carolina and beyond.

Watch the briefing here.

Meet the experts

Eugenia Conde-Dudding, Ph.D.
Eugenia Conde is a sociologist with the Samuel Dubois Cook Center on Social Equity at Duke. She studies social inequalities, health disparities, teen pregnancy, and statistical methods with a focus on missing data and methodologies to study communities of color.