February 9, 2022
Volunteer scientists change opinions about vaccines
By Krishna Ramanujan
Vaccination Conversations with Scientists (VaCS), a group of more than 100 Cornell student, staff and faculty volunteers educating the public about the safety and effectiveness of vaccines, is reporting success in shifting unvaccinated people’s beliefs about the shots.
VaCS volunteers have made more than 3,000 outreach phone calls in Tompkins and surrounding counties since the group was founded by entomology doctoral student Kara Fikrig in May 2021. The group reports that 29% of unvaccinated people contacted self-reported an increase in their willingness to be vaccinated (on a scale of 1 to 5) after talking with a VaCS volunteer.