Vaccination Equity by Design (with Lessons for Designing Equitable Transportation, Housing, and Education Policy)

This event is part of the 2021-2022 Lecture Series on Race and Regulation, organized by the Penn Program on Regulation and co-sponsored by the Penn Law Office of Equity and Inclusion. Professor Olatunde C.A. Johnson of Columbia Law School is the speaker. Racial disparities have marked COVID-19 exposure, cases, and outcomes throughout the pandemic in the United States. The rollout of COVID-19 vaccines also was beset by an “inverse equity” effect: vaccines saw greater uptake in socioeconomically privileged segments of the population, which only served to exacerbate already-existing health disparities for socially vulnerable communities, including communities of color. But it did not have to be that way. Drawing on a recent essay, “Vaccination Equity by Design,” Professor Johnson in this lecture examines the drivers of racial inequity in early access to COVID-19 vaccines. She also discusses how regulatory tools could have been used more effectively to promote equity in the COVID-19 vaccine rollout—and what can be learned not only for the next public health emergency, but for addressing inequities in other policy areas. This lecture will be held over Zoom and is free and open to the public. We welcome anyone with an interest in learning more about race and regulation, including students from across Penn or at other colleges and universities. Please feel free to share word of this event with others who may be interested. Register here