Maclean’s Consults U of G Expert on Vaccine Hesitancy


Prof. Maya Goldenberg

With many Canadians hoping a vaccine against COVID-19 will be the solution to ending this pandemic quickly, Maclean’s magazine spoke to Prof. Maya Goldenberg on how likely Canadians are to accept any new vaccine that becomes available.

Goldenberg, Department of Philosophy, has long examined vaccine hesitancy along with the larger question of: “How do we know what to believe?”

She explained that  acceptance of vaccines is less about one’s relationship to the science of vaccination and more about our relationship to social and government structures that advise and mandate the use of vaccines.

Goldenberg’s new book, Vaccine Hesitancy: Public Trust, Expertise, and the War on Science, will be published next spring by University of Pittsburgh Press.