How Cities Are Addressing Vaccine Hesitancy


Thursday, May 13, 2021, 12:00pm to 1:00pm


Virtual event, registration required

Now that the COVID-19 vaccine is available to everyone, cities and counties across the United States are facing another challenge: vaccine hesitancy. Mayors and other public officials are uniquely positioned to use their positions to improve vaccine utilization. Based on the findings of a multi-city project and report, this session will offer recommendations for cities on actionable steps to promote vaccine adoption and will discuss how cities are engaging their communities to ensure equitable access to vaccines and address hesitancy.

Speakers include:

  • The Honorable LaToya Cantrell, Mayor of New Orleans
  • The Honorable Ras Baraka, Mayor of Newark
  • Stephen Goldsmith, Derek Bok Professor of the Practice of Urban Policy (Moderator)

With remarks by:

  • George Hobor, Senior Program Officer, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • Eyal Feder-Levy, CEO & Co Founder, ZenCity
  • Sarah Graizbord, President, Bennett Midland
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About the Project 

The Harvard Kennedy School’s Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation is collaborating with Bennett Midland, Zencity and cities and counties across the United States to understand residents’ attitudes and sentiment towards the COVID-19 vaccines. Supported by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), the project seeks to understand and minimize hesitancy around the COVID-19 vaccine, promote an informed conversation, and enhance satisfaction with city and county vaccine rollout among their communities. A report on the findings will be discussed during the event and published in May.

Virtual Event Details 

Registration is required for this event. Please register using the link above to receive details via email for how to join the virtual discussion. 

You can submit questions to the panelists in advance during the registration process. A live Q&A will also be available during the event with an option to submit questions in real-time. 

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