An estimated audience of 43,000 watched the 4th Chinese Community COVID-19 Online Forum, held on August 1.
Organized by the Australian Chinese Medical Practitioners Society (ACMPS), the online forum provided information from seven general practitioners and specialists of Chinese descent on the current COVID vaccination and its deployment and was watched on ZOOM and two major platforms. live broadcast from the Chinese community.
It was moderated by Georges River advisor Nancy Liu.
âIn the current situations of the Delta strain epidemic, relatively low vaccination rate and community lockdown, we need to do the right things to strictly adhere to COVID restrictions and get vaccinated as soon as possible,â Councilor Liu said. .
“We hope this forum can provide useful information that will help people make their decisions sooner.
âWe have received a lot of positive feedback and at the same time we have responded to the strong demand from our community for this kind of information in Chinese community language,â said Cr Liu.
The online forum included an information session moderated by Dr Lawrence Li, Dr Michael Zeng, Dr Daisy Dai and Dr Zhen Zhang.
They provided a brief introduction to the symptoms of COVID-19, specifically the symptoms of Delta strain infection and damage to the human body.
There was also information about the AstraZeneca vaccine, its need, effectiveness and side effects, all supported by clinical data.
Doctors also provided a comparison of the two COVID-19 vaccines – Pfizer and AstraZeneca currently in use in Australia and the instructions before and after receiving the two vaccines.
The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on people’s mental health and how to deal with it effectively was covered by Dr Zhen Zhang from Wesley Hospital in Kogarah.
Speaking as a psychiatrist, Dr Zhen Zhang said he saw a lot of anxiety in the community about the pandemic and the vaccinations.
âSurprisingly, there is a lot of concern about what are called ‘overvalued ideas’ or conspiracy theories,â he said.
âIn my speech at the online forum, I said there was no evidence to support these overvalued ideas and I encouraged people to pay attention to more valid information on the government website and Beyond Blue.
âI was also surprised that a lot of people didn’t know how to register for the vaccine.
âWe were able to provide information on vaccines, side effects, medical suitability for certain age groups and the difference between AstraZeneca and Pfizer vaccines.
“I hope things are improving as GPs say there are more people coming forward for the AstraZeneca vaccine.”
The online forum included a question-and-answer session with Dr Jiang Li, Dr Amanda Wang and Dr Clare Wong.
Doctors collected nearly 150 questions received from the local Chinese community via social media, which they summarized into 14 questions with answers. .
These questions included:
Can cancer patients be vaccinated during radiation therapy and chemotherapy treatments?
Can pregnant women get vaccinated?
When can patients be vaccinated after surgery?
Can people with a history of allergies of unknown cause be vaccinated?
Can breastfeeding women be vaccinated?
What are the contraindications and side effects of Pfizer and AstraZeneca?
Can people get booster shots of Pfizer after receiving two shots of AstraZeneca?
Can people who take immunosuppressants get vaccinated?
How to comfort relatives and friends who have been diagnosed with COVID?
After the forum, relevant information is constantly updated to the community via social media by the volunteer support team.
The online forum was sponsored by Laverty Pathology and Synergy Medical Pty Ltd, and supported by Tim Zhang and Momo Zhang of Wondercity Culture Media, CIty Media Australia and Australian Business Elite Club: Eileen Zhang; Kelland He; Jeff Soleil; Katie Xie; Apple yuan; Sofia Hao, Michael Zhang and Cathy Yu.