The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Making the Case: The COVID-19 Vaccine

Tuesday, March 2, 2021 -
4:00pm to 5:30pm
Virtual Zoom

After a year of lockdowns and a raging global pandemic, people around the world are finally receiving the COVID-19 vaccines. These vaccines are critical to the health and wellbeing of millions of people in Massachusetts and billions around the world, but they must be taken in large number if they are to have a positive effect.

Unfortunately, misinformation about the COVID-19 vaccines' purpose and safety is causing fear in some communities, threatening public health efforts and statewide vaccination programs. Scientists, healthcare specialists, and public health experts are in agreement that the COVID-19 vaccines were developed using sound scientific research years in the making, and that widespread use of the vaccines is key to eliminating the threat of this illness.

Join faculty and alumni from the College of Natural Sciences, the College of Nursing, and the School of Public Health and Health Sciences, as well as leadership from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, for a live Zoom panel about the science behind the development of the COVID-19 vaccines, and why public participation in vaccination programs is so important.

In this moderated online discussion, panelists will:

  • Outline and dispel myths about COVID-19 vaccine participation
  • Share their perspectives as science, nursing, and public health experts active in the Commonwealth and nationwide
  • Review historic vaccination programs around the world


  • Sheila Pennell '08 RN, '17 PhD, Assistant Professor, College of Nursing
  • Craig T. Martin, Professor, Chemistry, CNS
  • Sarah Goff '18 PhD, MD, Associate Professor, School of Public Health & Health Sciences
  • Kevin Cranston, Assistant Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Public Health
  • Robin Hynds ’97, Senior Vice President, Network & Strategic Operations, Chief Clinical Integration Officer, Lawrence General Hospital
  • Barbara Osborne, Distinguished Professor, Veterinary & Animal Sciences, CNS

ModeratorAllison Vorderstrasse, Dean, College of Nursing 

There is no cost to participate. Participants are invited to submit questions for discussion upon registering; the panel will do their best to answer as many questions as possible in the time allotted.

This event is presented by the College of Natural Sciences, the College of Nursing and the School of Public Health and Health Sciences. 

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