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2022 Texas Vaccine Policy Symposium

2022 Texas Vaccine Policy Symposium

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 will discuss 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 will also consider 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 will include two panels with experts discussing issues including 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, will provide a keynote address. Scroll down for a detailed agenda and information about the participants.

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

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Registration will open closer to the day of the event. There will be an option to attend in person or through Zoom. 

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8:30 a.m.



Coffee and Networking

9:00 a.m.



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 a.m.



Panel I

Kirstin Matthews, Ph.D.
Fellow in Science and Technology Policy, Baker Institute

Adam Navara
Ph.D. Student, Department of Bioengineering, Rice University 

Heidi Russell, M.D., Ph.D.
Former Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Section of Hematology/Oncology, Texas Children's Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine

10:30 a.m.



Coffee Break  

10:45 a.m


Panel II

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

Valerie Gutmann Koch, J.D.
Co-director, Health Law & Policy Institute, University of Houston Law Center

Rekha Lakshmanan
Chief Strategic Officer, The Immunization Partnership; Contributing Expert, Center for Health and Biosciences, Baker Institute


Keynote Address

Moderated by: 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 p.m.    





Fri, Oct. 14, 2022
8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
(GMT-0500) US/Central


James A. Baker III Hall, Rice University
Rice University's Baker Institute
Houston, TX 77005