Fri, Oct. 14, 2022
8:30 am - 1 pm
(GMT-05:00) America/Chicago


James A. Baker III Hall

Vaccines are one of the most effective ways to reduce the spread of disease and prevent deaths. On a global scale, vaccines prevent more than 4 million deaths each year. However, the politicization of vaccines over the past two years has resulted in increased vaccine hesitancy among U.S. citizens. At the 2022 Texas Vaccine Policy Symposium, researchers and stakeholders across the state discussed the impact of vaccines in Texas — and the lessons learned over the past two years as policymakers look ahead to the 88th Texas legislative session, which starts in January 2023. They also considered ways to uncouple vaccines from politics and how to effectively advocate for policies that can improve access to vaccines for those who need them most.

The symposium included two panels that discussed vaccine costs, equity, misinformation and stakeholder concerns about public health. Following the panels, Dr. Peter J. Hotez, an internationally recognized vaccine scientist at the Baylor College of Medicine and the Baker Institute fellow in disease and poverty, provided a keynote address.

This event was co-sponsored by the Baker Institute Center for Health and Biosciences and The Immunization Partnership (TIP) with additional support from the Bracht-Verlander Family Foundation and the Partners Financial Charitable Foundation.

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Panel I

Panel II



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8:30 am

Coffee and Networking

9:00 am

Opening Address

Rola El-Serag, M.D.
L.E. and Virginia Simmons Senior Fellow in Health Policy and Director, Center for Health and Biosciences, Baker Institute

Terri Burke
Executive Director, The Immunization Partnership

9:15 am

Panel I — Texas Vaccine Policy Concerns

Moderator: Hana El Sahly, M.D., Professor, Baylor College of Medicine

Vaccine Hesitancy and Resistance in Texas
Kirstin Matthews, Ph.D.
Fellow in Science and Technology Policy, Baker Institute

Vaccine Equity in Texas
Adam Navara
Ph.D. Student, Department of Bioengineering, Rice University 

Economic Impact of Vaccines in Texas
Heidi Russell, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor of Management, Policy and Community Health, UT School of Public Health

10:30 am


10:45 am

Panel II — Future Texas Vaccine Policy Issues

Moderator: Edward Emmett, Fellow in Energy and Transportation Policy, Center for Energy Studies, Baker Institute

The Future of National Vaccine Policy Runs Through Texas
Rekha Lakshmanan
Chief Strategic Officer, The Immunization Partnership; Contributing Expert, Center for Health and Biosciences, Baker Institute

A New Weapon in the Anti-Vaccine Arsenal: Claiming the Unvaccinated as a Protected Class
Valerie Gutmann Koch, J.D.
Co-director, Health Law & Policy Institute, University of Houston Law Center

11:45 am Break

Q&A with Dr. Peter Hotez

Moderator: Thomas C. Killian, Ph.D., Dean, Wiess School of Natural Sciences; Professor, Physics and Astronomy, Rice University

Peter J. Hotez, M.D., Ph.D.
Fellow in Disease and Poverty, Baker Institute; Dean, National School of Tropical Medicine; Professor of Pediatrics and Molecular Virology and Microbiology, Baylor College of Medicine

1:00 pm



Fri, Oct. 14, 2022
8:30 am - 1 pm
(GMT-05:00) America/Chicago


James A. Baker III Hall