Webinar: Education as a “social vaccine” against COVID-19

This webinar was part of UNESCO GHE’s Global Health & Education Webinar Series.

Historically, pandemics have been experienced unequally with higher rates of infection and mortality among lower educated people, particularly in more socially unequal countries. Emerging evidence suggests that these inequalities are being mirrored today in the COVID-19 pandemic. Both then and now, these inequalities have emerged through the syndemic nature of COVID-19—as it interacts with and exacerbates existing social inequalities in chronic disease and the social determinants of health. In this webinar we asked if education can be seen as a “social vaccine” against fatal outcomes of the pandemic.

The following three questions were addressed:

  • Why can education be seen as a “social vaccine” against COVID-19?
  • Why is COVID-19 in fact a syndemic pandemic?
  • How can the “social vaccine” be implemented in public policies?


Find a recording and slides of the webinar here. 

EuroHealthNet, Policy & Policy Analysis, Research
Communicable diseases, Employment, occupational health, adult education, youth employment, Financial security, social protection, social inclusion, access to care, poverty, Groups that experience vulnerability: women, ethnic minorities, LGBTI+, migrants, disability, Health systems and services, primary health care, integrated systems, prevention services, health workforce, Maternal health, pre- peri-natal, childhood conditions, adolescent health, education
Europe, Global
European, International

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