A look at the ethics of the vaccine rollout

A vaccine is drawn into a syringe.
Bill Helminiak draws the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine into a syringe before sending it to be administered at a HealthPartners drive-up vaccination site in Bloomington, Minn., on March 5.
Evan Frost | MPR News file

If you've gotten the COVID-19 vaccine, do you feel guilty about it? Do you feel the urge to explain to others why you were eligible? 

The chaotic vaccine distribution happening across the country has elicited strong feelings about who should be getting the vaccine now and who should be waiting their turn. Some people are even hiding the fact that they're vaccinated to avoid conflict.

According to the Minnesota Department of Health, more than 1.3 million Minnesotans have had at least one vaccine dose. Host Angela Davis talks with two experts about the ethics of vaccine distribution.


  • Carleigh Krubiner is a policy fellow at the Center for Global Development in Washington, D.C., where she focuses on ethical issues surrounding equitable development and delivery of health care.

  • Nneka Sederstrom is the chief health equity officer for Hennepin Healthcare.

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