The public conversation about vaccines has changed a lot since the COVID-19 pandemic began. What are the causes of vaccine skepticism, and how and why has it changed so much since the first vaccines were released in December 2020?
Bernice Hausman, chair of the Department of Humanities at the Penn State College of Medicine, will explore these questions in a virtual lecture at 3:30 p.m. Nov. 11. The talk, “Vaccine Dissent and the Post-COVID Landscape,” is part of the Donald P. Bellisario College of Communication’s SciComm Speaker Series. It will be streamed live on Zoom.
In her talk, Hausman will explore how COVID has upended ideas about what causes and sustains vaccine skepticism. She will discuss vaccine dissent and the politics of vaccine refusal and connect the arguments about who dissents and why they do so.