Texas vaccine policy to be examined at Baker Institute event

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HOUSTON – (Oct. 12, 2022) – Health experts will come together to discuss the current state and future of vaccine policy in Texas at a symposium from Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

At the 2022 Texas Vaccine Policy Symposium, researchers and stakeholders will discuss the lessons learned over the past two years as they look ahead to the start of the 2023 session of the Texas Legislature in January. The experts will examine ways to uncouple vaccines from politics and how to effectively advocate for policies that can improve access.

The symposium will include two panels, addressing issues including vaccine costs, equity, misinformation and stakeholder concerns about public health. Following the panels, Peter Hotez, an internationally recognized vaccine scientist at the Baylor College of Medicine and fellow in disease and poverty at the Baker Institute, will provide a keynote address.

This event is co-sponsored by the Baker Institute’s Center for Health and Biosciences and The Immunization Partnership (TIP). 

What: Baker Institute event, 2022 Texas Vaccine Policy Symposium.

Who: Rola El-Serag, L.E. and Virginia Simmons Senior Fellow in Health Policy and director, Center for Health and Biosciences; Terri Burke, executive director, TIP; Hana El Sahly, professor, Baylor College of Medicine; Kirstin Matthews, fellow in science and technology policy, Baker Institute; Adam Navara, Ph.D. student, Rice Department of Bioengineering; Heidi Russell, professor of management, policy and community health, UTHealth Houston School of Public Health; Ed Emmett, fellow in energy and transportation policy, Baker Institute Center for Energy Studies; Rekha Lakshmanan, chief strategy officer, TIP, and contributing expert, Center for Health and Biosciences; Valerie Gutmann Koch, co-director, Health Law and Policy Institute, University of Houston Law Center; Thomas Killian, dean, Rice’s Wiess School of Natural Sciences; and Peter Hotez, fellow in disease and poverty, Baker Institute, dean, National School of Tropical Medicine, and professor of pediatrics and molecular virology and microbiology, Baylor College of Medicine.

When: Friday, Oct. 14, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Where: James A. Baker III Hall, Rice University. The event is free, but registration is required. To attend in person, register here. To attend via Zoom, register here.