Should Colleges and Universities Mandate Vaccination for COVID-19? Debating Public Health & Community Trust

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July 23, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

With vaccines against COVID-19 widely available in the U.S., colleges and universities face a profound question -- should they require vaccination for their students and employees? This webinar brings together top experts from multiple disciplines and different points of view. They will debate the ethical, legal, and policy issues raised by COVID vaccine mandates. Reflecting on the history of public health and realities of the COVID-19 pandemic, they will consider the effectiveness of mandates in advancing community health, the legal basis, and the impact on equity and trust.

In this highly interactive webinar, panelists will discuss the issues, debate solutions, and respond to audience questions.

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Panelists are:

Lawrence O. Gostin

Lawrence Gostin
Director, O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law
Georgetown University

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Lawrence O. Gostin, JD, is University Professor, Linda D. & Timothy J. O’Neill Professor of Global Health Law, and Professor of Medicine at Georgetown University. He is also Professor of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University. Prof. Gostin directs the O’Neill Institute for National & Global Health Law and the World Health Organization Collaborating Center on National and Global Health Law. He has been at the center of public policy and law through multiple epidemics from AIDS and SARS, to Ebola, MERS, and Zika. He currently works closely with the Biden administration and global institutions like WHO, the World Bank, and Gavi on the COVID-19 response. He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a fellow of The Hastings Center.

Stephen B. Thomas, PhD

Dr. Stephen B. Thomas
Director, Center for Health Equity
University of Maryland

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Stephen B. Thomas, PhD, is Professor of Health Policy & Management, University of Maryland; Director of the Maryland Center for Health Equity; and Principal Investigator (with Dr. Sandra Quinn) for the NIH-NIMHD Center of Excellence in Race, Ethnicity & Health Disparities Research. One of the nation's leading scholars in the effort to eliminate racial and ethnic health disparities, Dr. Thomas has applied his expertise to address a variety of conditions from which minorities generally face far poorer outcomes, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity and HIV/AIDS. Dr. Thomas has received numerous awards for his professional accomplishments, and over the years, his work has become recognized as one of the scholarly contributions leading to the 1997 Presidential Apology to Survivors of the Syphilis Study Done at Tuskegee. His current research focuses on the translation of evidence-based science on chronic disease into community-based interventions designed to eliminate racial and ethnic disparities in health and health care.

Michael T. Osterholm, PhD, MPH

Michael T. Osterholm
Director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP)
Regents Professor, McKnight Presidential Endowed Chair in Public Health
Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Division of Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health
Professor in the Technological Leadership Institute, College of Science and Engineering
University of Minnesota

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Michael T. Osterholm, PhD, MPH, is Regents Professor; McKnight Presidential Endowed Chair in Public Health; the Director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP); and Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Division of Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota. He is also a Professor in the Technological Leadership Institute, College of Science and Engineering, and an Adjunct Professor in the Medical School. He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) and the Council on Foreign Relations. He has served as a high-level advisor on issues related to bioterrorism, public health preparedness, and infectious diseases.

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Susan M. Wolf, JD

Susan Wolf
Chair, Consortium on Law and Values in Health, Environment & the Life Sciences
Regents Professor
McKnight Presidential Professor of Law, Medicine & Public Policy
Faegre Baker Daniels Professor of Law
Professor of Medicine

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Professor Susan M. Wolf is a Regents Professor; McKnight Presidential Professor of Law, Medicine & Public Policy; Faegre Baker Daniels Professor of Law; and Professor of Medicine at the University of Minnesota. She is Chair of the Consortium on Law and Values in Health, Environment & the Life Sciences and Founding Director of the Joint Degree Program in Law, Science & Technology. She is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). 

July 23, 2021