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Massachusetts Science Museum opens vaccine exhibit


WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) – A science museum in Massachusetts has opened an exhibit on a very topical subject – vaccines.

Officials at the EcoTarium Museum of Science and Nature in Worcester hope the exhibit which opened this week will play a role in educating visitors about COVID-19 and other vaccines, The Telegram & Gazette reported..

“Vaccine project: our best defense Also highlights the work of those who took part in the vaccination campaign.

The exhibit includes interactive videos featuring medical professionals explaining what vaccines are, as well as one that explains the role of truck drivers, nurses, community organizers and clinical administrators in the effort. vaccination.

Another video accompanied by touch models teaches the five different types of vaccines – RNA, viral vector, live attenuated, inactivated and recombinant – and their uses, by the scientists who worked on them.

The Museum of Science in Boston created the exhibit and shared it with the EcoTarium. Christine Reich, head of learning at the Boston Museum, said her museum felt the need to educate the public during the pandemic because science museums are among the most trusted facilities in their communities.

Museum officials realized about a year ago, when the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine began, that it was time to act and create an educational program, Reich said.

U.S. Representative James P. McGovern, who attended the opening, said he hopes the exhibit will help change the minds of vaccine-hesitant and counteract misinformation about the vaccine.

“There is a real public health need to fight against hesitation, especially when it comes from disinformation. Unfortunately, far too many people think that spreading vaccine misinformation will help them politically, ”the Democrat said.

Exhibits are in English and Spanish, which was hosted by Dr Matilde Castiel, Worcester Health and Human Services Commissioner. The city’s black and Hispanic populations have been hit hardest by the pandemic, and these groups have the lowest vaccination rates, she said.

The exhibit, designed for third-graders to adults, will be open to the public until February 27.


This story was first published on November 13, 2021. It was updated on November 16, 2021 to include that the Boston Museum of Science created the exhibit; correct the museum Christine Reich works for from the EcoTarium at the Boston Museum; and correct that his comments referred to the Boston Museum, not the EcoTarium.