Understanding vaccine hesitancy and its impact


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As vaccine rollouts pick up steam in countries around the world, there are people who remain hesitant to roll up their sleeves and get immunized against the coronavirus. Some are concerned about the safety of the vaccine, skeptical because of how quickly it was developed and approved. Others, swayed by conspiracy theories, suspect that vaccination campaigns are part of a broader COVID-19 hoax orchestrated by shadowy figures intent on taking control of the global economy.

Join us for our upcoming Made by McGill alumni webcast and hear experts from the fields of epidemiology, psychiatry and political science as we explore the notion of vaccine hesitancy, try to make sense of how and why some people use social media to stoke fear about the vaccine – and discuss how these concerns might impede efforts to curb the pandemic.

Dr. Nicole Basta, Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and Occupational Health, McGill Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences; Canada Research Chair, Infectious Disease Prevention

Dr. Samuel Veissière, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, McGill Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences; co-director, Culture, Mind and Brain Program

Aengus Bridgman, PhD candidate, Department of Political Science; co-author of a recent study examining the causes and consequences of COVID-19 misinformation, and the role of news and social media

Moderated by Derek Cassoff. Managing Director, Communications, University Advancement

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