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Public Health

What informs your decision around vaccines? What do you wish others understood about your decision?

Most people would agree that a healthy population is a shared societal goal. With the global reach and impact of COVID-19, the policies, intentions, and concerns of public health officials (and the entire field) have been in the news and under scrutiny. Governments and communities around the world have scrambled to come up with policies that would support overall public health only to get backlash for doing too much or too little, being too late or too early. Mask mandates, closing businesses, and social distancing have evoked a spectrum of responses and frustrations from citizens. The role of public health is to take action to improve the health of populations and groups. What does it look like to prioritize the collective needs of the communities we live in while honoring individuals' beliefs and the freedom to make our own health choices?

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