Understanding vaccine hesitancy amongst parents is complex, sociologist says

Jennifer Reich

Prof. Jennifer Reich is a sociologist at the University of Colorado (Denver) and an expert on parental hesitancy over vaccines.

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As long as there have been vaccines, parents have been concerned about getting their kids vaccinated. That is according to Prof. Jennifer Reich, a sociologist at the University of Colorado (Denver). She has studied parental vaccine hesitancy in great depth. Her book, Calling the Shots: Why parents reject vaccines, explores the history of vaccine hesitancy, going back to polio, smallpox, measles, and whooping cough. She has interviewed many parents, caregivers, health officials, scientists, and others. Her most poignant work is being done in real-time right now with the COVID-19 pandemic. She offers keen insights as she examines all the medical, social, and political factors as parents decide. Here is that interview.

Originally aired: Dec. 3, 2021

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