Exploring The Ethics And Efficacy Of Vaccine Incentive Programs

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A woman receives her second Moderna shot at the Coes Pond Village. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
A woman receives her second Moderna shot at the Coes Pond Village. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Here is the Radio Boston rundown for June 3. Tiziana Dearing is our host.

  • The pandemic has exacerbated significant long term issues in the region, including affordable housing. A recent poll sponsored by WBUR found that housing was second only to the pandemic as a priority for Boston voters in the upcoming Mayoral Election. We talk to Boston City Councilor Lydia Edwards and Barry Bluestone, Professor Emeritus at Northeastern University, about how housing in the city and its suburbs should be addressed going forward.
  • The Boston Celtics made national news this week, when co-owner Wyc Grousbeck announced that Danny Ainge would be stepping down as the President of Basketball Operations for the Celtics, and head coach Brad Stevens would be taking his place. We "Check The Score," break down the surprising news and take a quick look ahead at tonight's Bruins playoff game with Radio Boston's Chris Citorik and Khari Thompson, sports writer for
  • Vaccine incentive programs are grabbing headlines of late — from free guns in West Virginia to lottery tickets in Ohio. They're controversial, pitting the push to get shots into arms against the idea that people should want to get a shot in their arm. Massachusetts ranks near the very top for percentage of adults vaccinated, but even we are jumping into the incentives game, funding $25 Market Basket gift cards, and reportedly exploring using the state lottery. We discuss the ethics and efficacy of these ideas with Dr. Ashish Jha, health policy researcher and Dean of the Brown University School of Public Health, and Michael Curry, president and CEO of the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers, and a member of the NAACP's board of directors.

This program aired on June 3, 2021.


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