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McKelvey School of Engineering

Rethinking Vaccine Hesitancy and Refusal

Friday, October 23 | 4:00 PM

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Maya Goldenberg, associate professor of Philosophy, University of Guelph, will present this lecture.

Because vaccine hesitancy has been framed as a problem of public misunderstanding of science, vaccine outreach has focused on educating the misguided publics. Where efforts to change vaccine attitudes have failed, cynicism has bred the harsher view that the publics are anti-science and anti-expertise. Yet research into science and the publics lends strong support to the view that public attitudes regarding scientific claims turn crucially on epistemic trust rather than engagement with science itself. It follows that it is poor trust in the expert sources that engender vaccine hesitancy.

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Maya Goldenberg, Associate Professor of Philosophy, University of Guelph
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Janice Hanson

Janice Hanson left a positive review 10/22/2020

I appreciated the thoughtful presentation with its logical explanation of why public mistrust of the health /public health community contributes to vaccine hesitancy and refusal. The discussion following the presentation was engaging and lively, and I appreciated the extra time that the presenter remained to participate in this discussion.