Vaccine hesitancy is real and it is not necessarily based on politics, or misinformation. Informed skepticism is part of science literacy and important for navigation of a complex world. But as we currently see on the topic of COVID vaccines, access to reliable information and research skills are not equitably distributed amongst all of us! In this episode, hosts Jennifer and Babette are joined by Dr. Imari Shaw, Assistant Professor in the Math, Science, Technology, and Health Division at SUNY SCCC; information literacy expert and librarian Caroline Buff; Damonni Farley, director of community outreach for the Schenectady City School District; and students Lindsay Feulner and Jaiwattie Mentor, to discuss the reasons behind COVID vaccine hesitancy, and how public health ultimately depends on our willingness to work for a common good without resorting to patronizing messaging or shameing tactics.
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