Course title:
Vaccines vs the Virus with Jonathan Warner
Jonathan Warner
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Wed 20 Oct 2021 14:15 PM - 16:15 PM 2
Total sessions: 1
Total number of classroom hours: 2
Independent online hours: 0
Total hours: 2
Wed 20 Oct 2021
14:15 PM - 16:15 PM
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Online Learning with Zoom and Canvas
Leads to qualification?    No
Level:     Level 2 (level information)
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Who is this programme for?
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£6.40 or free on some courses if you are in receipt of some benefits
What skills or experience do I need to join this course?
This course is for beginners and improvers

Anyone with an interest in the subject matter is welcome to attend

This course is for beginners and improvers

Anyone with an interest in the subject matter is welcome to attend

What else do I need to know? Is there anything I need to provide?
Questions welcome!
Course aim:
This is a follow-up to my two previous courses on the pandemic. The aim is to review progress over the past nine months, and to analyse and discuss the effects of the mass vaccination campaign.
Course description:
The development of vaccines against the Covid-19 Coronavirus has been a game-changer. Cases, hospitalizations and deaths are below last year's levels; but there is still a need for caution. This cause will examine the effects of vaccination on policy, and follows on from my previous sessions (but does not require you to have attended them). There, I argued that people make it difficult for policy-makers (and economists) to predict what will happen in the future, because what people do in response to government guidance affects the outcome of those policies. This course continues the exploration of these issues (of policy and response) with examples drawn from the progress of the Coronavirus pandemic over the past year. Misinformation about the vaccines, as well as genuine and sometimes well-founded doubts, makes policy-making difficult: how can anti-vaxxers be persuaded to submit to the jab? Should we even try?
By the end of the course I will be able to:
1. Give three examples of ways in which vaccination might be encouraged
2. State three ways in which we can make better policy decisions, and express an informed opinion on these
3. Discuss three ways in which policy is shaped by consideration of how people might respond
4. Suggest at least two take-away lessons that can be learned from our experience of the pandemic
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