NYC Deputy Health Commissioner Will Address COVID-19 Vaccine Safety

Published: May 21, 2021

Online Queensborough Community College Event: May 26 at 1pm 

The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s First Deputy Commissioner and Chief Equity Officer, Dr. Torian Easterling

The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s First Deputy Commissioner and Chief Equity Officer, Dr. Torian Easterling, will speak with the public and Queensborough Community College students, faculty, and staff on Wednesday, May 26th, at 1:00 pm, about the safety of the COVID-19 vaccine. 

The conversation (What everyone needs to know about the COVID-19 Vaccines) is a live virtual event that requires online registration.

“We know that to build trust in the vaccine, New Yorkers need to hear it’s safe from people they trust. We’re finding that people are getting vaccinated as much for the health of people they love as they are for their own safety,” Dr Easterling (pictured) said. 

“We want to end this pandemic once and for all by making sure that we’re supporting everyone’s decision and by making people feel comfortable, normalizing hesitancy and responding to questions and concerns,” he added.  

“Queensborough Community College represents all of Queens and we’re pleased to bring the community together to learn more about safe vaccinations,” said College President, Dr. Christine Mangino. 

Nearly 10,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccination have been administered at the Bayside campus since the end of April, when the New York City Department of Health, with the Hospital for Special Surgery, established a vaccination center at the college’s Robert F. Kennedy Hall.  

The NYC Health Departmentt appointed Easterling to the positions of First Deputy Commissioner and Chief Equity Officer in September of last year. 

I was called to public health service because of my passion for social justice, health equity and movement- building,” Dr. Easterling said at the time.  

“Now we face the intersection of the COVID-19 pandemic and longstanding racial inequalities. We must work even more diligently to combat systemic health inequities so we can all live healthier lives.” 

Dr. Easterling holds a Bachelor of Science from Morehouse College, a Doctor of Medicine from Rutgers- New Jersey Medical School, and a Master of Public Health (M.P.H) from Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York. He completed his residency in Family Medicine at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center in Queens, NY and a General Preventive Medicine residency at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York. 



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