Shot of Truth: Communicating Trusted Vaccine Information

April 15, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C.— U.S. Senator Ben Ray Luján (D-NM), Chair of the Subcommittee on Communications, Media, and Broadband, will convene a hearing titled, “Shot of Truth: Communicating Trusted Vaccine Information,” at 10 a.m. on Thursday, April 15, 2021. The hearing will examine the ways in which media is disseminating vaccine safety and COVID-health related information to encourage Americans, particularly those in rural areas and in communities of color, to get vaccinated.  It also will explore what more can be done to encourage media outlets, including television, radio, and online platforms, to promote reliable and trustworthy vaccine information.


  • The Honorable Gordon H. Smith, President and CEO, National Association of Broadcasters;
  • Tracie Collins, M.D., M.P.H., Secretary of the New Mexico Department of Health; member, Association of State and Territorial Health Officials;
  • Yonaira Rivera, Ph.D., M.P.H., Assistant Professor of Communication, Rutgers University School of Communication and Information

Hearing Details:

Thursday, April 15, 2021

10:00 a.m. EDT


This hearing will take place in the Russell Senate Office Building 253. Witness testimony, opening statements, and a live video of the hearing will be available on

*In order to maintain physical distancing as advised by the Office of the Attending Physician, seating for credentialed press will be limited throughout the course of the hearing. Due to current limited access to the Capitol complex, the general public is encouraged to view this hearing via the live stream.




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