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Markkula Center for Applied Ethics Analyzes the Ethics of Vaccination



Santa Clara University’s Markkula Center for Applied Ethics presents its latest Ethics Spotlight on Vaccination Ethics. The collection of essays is authored by SCU faculty, scholars, and ethicists. Some of the perspectives featured in the collection include:

“The Real Moral Failing with the Johnson & Johnson COVID Vaccine Would Be to Refuse It: Reflections on a Catholic Controversy,” by Charles Binkley (@CharlesBinkley), director of Bioethics and David E. DeCosse (@DavidDeCosse), director of the Religious & Catholic Ethics and Campus Ethics programs, both at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics.

Cognitive Dissonance and the Ethics of Vaccination Line Skipping,” by Thomas Plante (@ThomasPlante), Augustin Cardinal Bea, SJ professor of psychology at Santa Clara University, faculty scholar with the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics and adjunct clinical professor of psychiatry at Stanford University School of Medicine.

Vaccine Equity and the Critical Role of Community Nonprofits,” by Joan Harrington, director of Social Sector Ethics (@SocSectorEthics) at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics.

Many of the authors featured in this Spotlight are available to speak with members of the media about these issues. Contact Joel Dibble to arrange an interview.

While advancements in vaccines for the novel coronavirus are pointing to a light at the end of the pandemic tunnel, numerous ethical dilemmas must be addressed before COVID-19 can be considered defeated.

Visit the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics’ website to view the articles at:

This resource is part of the Ethics Spotlight series, which provides analysis of society’s most pressing issues. Previous Spotlights have analyzed topics including the re-opening of schools after COVID, systemic racism, the climate crisis, and many others.

Mar 17, 2021