What the World Needs Now Is Hume, Sweet Hume: Some Reflections on COVID Vaccine Hesitancies and Skepticism

International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics 15 (1):183-186 (2022)
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At this point, I think it is fair to say that most of us know someone—a family member, a coworker, a friend, a student—who is resisting getting a vaccine against COVID-19. Frankly, this amazes me. I was recently discussing this with a friend—"Rebecca"—when to my utter shock, she confessed to me that she "does not trust the vaccine" and is not planning to get one until there is more certainty of its efficacy and safety. While there are many things that stood out to be in this conversation, what stood out to me was a particular comment she made; she said to me: "The thing is, I'm a skeptic, and you're not."I admit, this comment threw me for a loop. How could I, a feminist bioethicist who has dedicated a good chunk of...



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