Parthasarathy puts results of vaccine hesitancy study in context

May 12, 2021 WXYZ Detroit

A recent study from researchers at U-M concluded that vaccine hesitancy could impede a goal of herd immunity when it comes to COVID-19. Shobita Parthasarathy, a co-author of the study and director of the Ford School's Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program, helped explain the findings of the study. 

"At its root, vaccine hesitancy is a problem of public mistrust in institutions," Parthasarathy said. "For decades, our public health, medical, and science and technology policy institutions have ignored and even mistreated our most marginalized communities, and these communities are now understandably skeptical of this intense focus on their vaccination."