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Vaccine Passport Ethics | Walton Fellowship Teachers

Woman seated (right) while receiving COVID-19 vaccination in February 2021.
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The U.S. government has decided to leave laws pertaining to vaccine passports up to the states.

Missouri's lawmakers are debating banning vaccine passports and first-year educators discuss their experience teaching in the COVID-era.

Segment 1, beginning at 00:54: As more Americans receive COVID-19 vaccines, state legislatures are debating whether they should implement a vaccine passport system.

While proof of vaccination has the potential to get us back to normalcy more quickly, it can also exacerbate the inequities in the American vaccine distribution system. We discuss the ethics of vaccine passports, and the steps Republicans in Missouri's legislature are taking to prevent them.

Segment 2, beginning at 24:48: The student population in this country is growing more diverse, and there are advantages to having teachers who reflect that diversity.

Two fellows from the Walton Family Foundation's teacher diversity initiative describe their first experiences teaching that occurred during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Maria Martinez, Emporia State student, teaching kindergarten at Mark Twain Elementary in Kansas City, Kansas.
  • Khalil Jones, UMKC student, teaching at East High School, Kansas City, Missouri.
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