Webinar: Rethinking Vaccine Hesitancy
Details and Registration: FREE webinar for Members
June 2, 2021 7:00 PM ET
Speaker: Maya Goldenberg, Associate Professor -Department of Philosophy -University of Guelph
In this talk, Goldenberg challenges the common view that people who resist vaccines are scientifically uninformed or anti-science, arguing instead that vaccine hesitancy signals a crisis of trust between the publics and the institutions that structure civic life. More concretely, public resistance to vaccines is a demand for institutional structures and governance that are responsive to issues of justice and equity. Efforts to counter vaccine hesitancy must address and redress problems of scientific governance. Instead, science communications are almost entirely focused on educating the wayward publics. Goldenberg’s insights come from study of pediatric vaccine hesitancy in industrialized nations, yet the global pivot to COVID vaccination, and the presence of COVID vaccine hesitancy, bring new priority to equity and justice concerns regarding vaccination practices and how they support public health more generally.