Recent developments in a COVID-19 vaccine have presented promising outlooks. A new poll just released by the Museum of Science and the Mass League of Community Health Centers, offers reasons for optimism regarding vaccine uptake, showing the vast majority of Massachusetts residents plan to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
However, even among those likely to take the vaccine, hesitancy still lingers with major gaps between those of different socioeconomic and racial backgrounds. A lack of trust in vaccine development procedures and pervasive and historic systemic racial biases, continue to persist.
How can community, civic, and healthcare leaders leverage the phased distribution of the vaccine to build greater trust in the science in empowering the public to build confidence in the vaccine?
Join the Museum of Science and the Mass League of Community Health Centers in a closer look at what the poll tells us. The results offer a fascinating snapshot of public sentiment that reveal opportunities for messengers and messages to drive toward broader understanding of the importance of vaccines.
Moderated by Tim Ritchie, President of the Museum of Science with guests Michael Curry, CEO of the Mass League of Community Health Centers, and Rena Conti, PhD, Associate Research Director of Biopharma & Public Policy for the Boston University Institute for Health System Innovation & Policy, with data insight by Steve Koczela of the Mass Inc. Polling Group, this conversation offers a space for the public to discuss how together, we can continue to build a strong, healthy community against COVID-19.
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