Half of unvaccinated workers say they'd rather quit than get a shot – but real-world data suggest few are following through

While surveys have shown a large share of unvaccinated workers threatening to quit over a mandate, the reality is few actually do.

Annie Neimand, Research Director and Digital Strategist for frank, College of Journalism and Communications, University of Florida • conversation
today ~5 min

Changing your mind about something as important as vaccination isn't a sign of weakness – being open to new information is the smart way to make choices

People tend to stick with their stated beliefs. But here’s how external forces like vaccine mandates can push people to do something they don’t want to do – and provide some face-saving cover.

Art Markman, Professor of Psychology, The University of Texas at Austin College of Liberal Arts • conversation
yesterday ~8 min

Are COVID-19 vaccine mandates legal?

President Biden has ordered COVID-19 vaccine mandates for some businesses and most federal workers. A business law expert gets into the ruling's legality.

Patrick Ercolano-JHU • futurity
Sept. 22, 2021 ~9 min

FDA panel member offers closer look at Pfizer vaccine for kids

Ofer Levy, who directs Boston Children’s Hospital’s Precision Vaccines Program, discussed the news that the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine has been shown to be safe in school-age children, a potentially key development in the fight to bring the coronavirus pandemic under control.

Alvin Powell • harvard
Sept. 20, 2021 ~6 min

FDA panel recommends limiting Pfizer booster shots to Americans 65 and older, and those at high risk of severe COVID-19

An FDA panel has voted against recommending approval of a booster COVID-19 shot for the general population – disappointing some public health officials.

Matthew Woodruff, Instructor of Human Immunology, Emory University • conversation
Sept. 17, 2021 ~6 min

Are COVID-19 boosters ethical, with half the world waiting for a first shot? A bioethicist weighs in

Scientists debate the medical benefits of booster shots. But there’s another aspect to consider: bioethics.

Nancy S. Jecker, Professor of Bioethics and Humanities, School of Medicine, University of Washington • conversation
Sept. 17, 2021 ~8 min

COVID patients face risk for self-attacking antibodies

At least 1 in 5 hospitalized COVID-19 patients develops autoantibodies, antibodies that attack their own tissue within a week of admission, research finds.

Bruce Goldman-Stanford • futurity
Sept. 17, 2021 ~8 min

Why mRNA vaccines won’t replace all others

mRNA vaccines have proven highly effective for COVID-19. But that doesn't mean they're ready to replace all others, experts explain.

Matt Shipman-NC State • futurity
Sept. 17, 2021 ~6 min

A direct recommendation from a doctor may be the final push someone needs to get vaccinated

There are a variety of reasons why people do or don’t want to be vaccinated. Depending on how they frame their messaging around vaccination, doctors can often be the deciding factor.

Kimberly Fisher, Associate Professor of Pulmonology, University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School • conversation
Sept. 17, 2021 ~7 min

Biologists identify new targets for cancer vaccines

Vaccinating against certain proteins found on cancer cells could help to enhance the T cell response to tumors.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
Sept. 16, 2021 ~6 min