Arthritis Center Lecture to Focus on ‘Facts vs. Fiction’ of COVID-19 Vaccines

March 31, 2021

A free livestreamed lecture by UArizona Health Sciences immunologist Dr. Deepta Bhattacharya offers an expert look at COVID-19 vaccines, variants and immunity.


Vaccines being administered across the U.S. and around the world are providing a much needed dose of hope in the fight against COVID-19. With millions of Americans receiving their shots each day, different vaccines being used and new variants emerging, expert guidance is needed on immunity, vaccine effectiveness and safety. On April 7 at 6 p.m., the Living Healthy with Arthritis lecture series will address those issues during “Fact vs. Fiction: The Expert Look at COVID-19 Vaccines.”

The 60-minute talk, hosted by the University of Arizona Arthritis Center, features Deepta Bhattacharya, PhD, associate professor of immunobiology at the UArizona College of Medicine – Tucson and member of the BIO5 Institute. Dr. Bhattacharya’s research focuses on antibody responses to infections and vaccines. Last year, he co-led a research team that developed one of the most accurate blood tests to check for SARS-CoV-2 antibodies.

The lecture will address questions such as:

  • How do the different authorized vaccines protect us from COVID-19?
  • What do the new coronavirus variants mean for vaccine efficacy?
  • How long do we expect immunity from vaccines and/or previous infection to last?
  • Should we expect booster or seasonal vaccinations in the future?
  • How will vaccines bring an end to the pandemic?

The event is free and open to the public and will include time for questions and answers. Prior registration is required and can be completed online.

For more information, visit the Arthritis Center website, or email


Tracy Shake