Cleveland councilman to host on-line dialogue with Clinic medical doctors to reply coronavirus vaccine questions


CLEVELAND, Ohio – Alderman Kevin Conwell will be invited by two doctors from the Cleveland Clinic to a discussion on vaccines for the coronavirus on Saturday to encourage African American residents to get the shot as it becomes available.

Conwell, in partnership with Medworks, is connected by Dr. Charles Modlin and Dr. Fredrick Harris the Cleveland Clinic.

The event will be broadcast live on Conwell’s Facebook community page. In an interview with and The Plain Dealer, Conwell, said residents of its largely black community had raised concerns about the vaccine. He hopes the event will ease anxiety and insecurity and encourage them to get vaccinated.

Conwell represents Ward 9, which extends north from Euclid Avenue in University Circle through Glenville.

“I know you have vaccine concerns and I want to help our Ward 9 community answer their COVID-19 vaccine questions,” Conwell said in a letter to residents. “When I made my decision, it helped me hear the facts.”

The two-shot vaccine, made by Moderna, is given in Greater Cleveland.

Modlin, a urologist, set up the Minority Men’s Health Center at the clinic to study the various health outcomes of minority men.

Harris has served as an internal medicine specialist and department head at the Severance Medical Arts facility in Cleveland Heights for 32 years.

Conwell plans to have other Glenville leaders ask questions on behalf of the community. The hope is to provide information that will help viewers resolve their concerns about the vaccine, he said.