Public Trust and Vaccine Hesitancy

8:30–9:30 pm
Zoom Webinar

Organizer: UChicago Yuen Campus in Hong Kong


Building public trust for the safety and effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines has been a global challenge during the pandemic. Since the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a pandemic in March 2020, and the first COVID-19 vaccine was approved and rolled out after December 2020, the vaccination rate in high- and upper-middle-income countries has hovered around 70%.

What are the reasons behind the delay in acceptance or refusal of vaccines despite the availability of vaccine services? How do language, cultural norms, and public trust affect people's confidence in Asia and the West? Please join us to hear our panel of UChicago and other experts discuss what we can do to overcome vaccine hesitancy in Hong Kong, Asia, and the world.

February 17, 2022
9:30pm      Japan | South Korea
8:30pm      Hong Kong | Beijing | Singapore
6:00pm      Delhi
1:30pm       Paris
12:30pm     London
6:30am      Chicago


Boaz Keysar
William Benton Professor in Psychology and the College
Psychology Department
University of Chicago

Heidi Larson, PhD
Professor of Anthropology, Risk and Decision Science
Director, The Vaccine Confidence Project
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
Clinical Professor, Dept. Health Metrics Sciences
University of Washington, Seattle

Xian Yang
Assistant Professor
Department of Computer Science
Hong Kong Baptist University


Mark Barnekow (MBA '88)
Executive Director
The University of Chicago Francis and Rose Yuen Campus in Hong Kong

*Please note that there is a program change that Dr Céline Yunya Song from the Department of Journalism of Hong Kong Baptist University is not able to join us for this live session. Dr Xian Yang from the Department of Computer Science of Hong Kong Baptist University will join us instead.

Additional Resources:

Use of a language intervention to reduce vaccine hesitancy

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