The Covid-19 Vaccination and Equity
equity, disparities, distribution
A 45-60 minute lesson plan for high school students. Addresses the compelling question: How can the concept of equity be used to inform our approach to distributing vaccinations? Included are learning objectives, materials and preparation, procedures, additional resources, and mapping to common core standards and CASEL’s SEL Competencies.
This lesson provides an opportunity for students to learn more about the Covid-19 vaccination rollout, understand the racial and other disparities in Covid-19 cases and outcomes, and explore the concepts of equity and equality as they relate to prioritizing vaccination.
Information Sharing: Explore and discuss background information on Covid-19 and the vaccine.
Understanding Terminology Activity: Equality vs. Equity
Turn and Talk Activity: How Should Vaccinations be Distributed Equitably?
Reading Activity: discuss the article “Racial disparities create obstacles for Covid-19 vaccine rollout”
Students will learn more about the Covid-19 vaccinations and plan for dissemination.
Students will reflect on the racial and other disparities for Covid-19 cases and outcomes and how that should impact the prioritization of vaccinations.
Students will consider the difference between the concepts of equity and equality and apply that understanding to analyze how the vaccinations should be prioritized and disseminated.
LESSON ENDS WITH...
In final discussion, students go around one at a time and complete this sentence: “It is important to use an equity lens because ______________________________.”
“Addressing Racial Equity in Vaccine Distribution” (KFF, December 3, 2020)
“Coronavirus World Map: Tracking the Global Outbreak” (The New York Times, updated daily)
“COVID-19 vaccine must be given with equity in mind” (Cal Matters, December 13, 2020)
“Governor Cuomo Issues Letter to Secretary of Health and Human Services Urging Equity and Expeditious Distribution of COVID-19 Vaccine Program” (New York State, December 10, 2020)
“Healthcare Workers Became the First US Recipients Of The COVID-19 Vaccine” (BuzzFeed, December 14, 2020)
“Here's what we know about Pfizer's vaccine -- including who could get it first” (CNN, December 13, 2020)
“Intent to Get a COVID-19 Vaccine Rises to 60% as Confidence in Research and Development Process Increases” (Pew Research Center, December 3, 2020)
“National Academies Release Framework for Equitable Allocation of a COVID-19 Vaccine for Adoption by HHS, State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Authorities” (The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, October 2, 2020)
Podcast: Who Gets Coronavirus Vaccine First? (JN Learning, October 7, 2020)
Tuskegee Study, 1932-1972 (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
“California May Consider 'Historical Injustice' When Allocating COVID-19 Vaccine” (NPR, December 16, 2020)
“Will the Hardest-Hit Communities Get the Coronavirus Vaccine?” (The New York Times, October 30, 2020)
What can I teach my students about the virus and vaccines?
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