Apathy and the Winter Surge of COVID

February 7, 2023

A bar graph depicting the COVID-19 booster vaccine rates in various Bay Area counties, 2022Denise Herd, Berkeley Center for Social Medicine faculty affiliate, is quoted in this SF Chronicle article discussing the increase in apathy among Californians amidst a new outbreak of COVID-19 during the holidays. She points out that what looks like individual apathy is closely tied to systemic issues, including the lack of government support: “It’s the people with health insurance, with computers, with transportation options that still can really choose to be vaccinated or not.”