Vaccination Debate

On Thursday afternoon, the Vaccination Debate will take place in the Janskerk (Janskerkhof).

Meet our debaters!

Alberto Giubilini (University of Oxford)
“The most ethical way of increasing vaccination uptake is state coercion. Everyone should fairly contribute to a socially valuable public good like herd immunity. Nudging vaccination might work and fares better than coercion with regard to the principle of least restrictive alternative, but does not comply with a fairness requirement.”

Lars Korn (University of Erfurt)
“The debate about compulsory vaccination is a septic shock in the social tissue that threatens the fundamental values of freedom. It is an overreaction to what has been neglected for years by policy-makers: innovative and evidence-based infection control. Politics bank on force instead of utilizing behavioral science insights to increase vaccine uptake.”

Katharina Paul (University of Vienna)
“Increasing vaccination rates requires moving beyond the paradigm of the “knowledge deficit”, and requires taking on a decidedly political perspective. In such a perspective, nudging can be effective only if takes into account the precarious nature of governance relationships in contemporary societies and if it is informed by democratic values.”

Roland Pierik (University of Amsterdam)
“I am in favor of conditional mandatory vaccination programs and contextual policies of upscaling interference: a three-tiered approach of increased intrusion, from voluntary program when possible in situations where voluntary vaccination ensures robust herd immunity, and mandatory or even compulsory programs when necessary to protect children’s basic interests.”

Hedwig te Molder (University of Wageningen)
“Vaccine hesitancy is a multi-headed monster: it emerges from a broader distrust of the public and private sector, in combination with strongly individualized ideals of ‘good parenting’. What we need is a pro-active value-based (rather than merely evidence-based) approach.

Moderator: Karin van den Boogaert (Science on Air)