Vaccines, Variants and Summer Vacation: Live Discussion with Jessica Malaty Rivera

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Seems things are (finally!) changing – but what does this new normal look like? Let’s meet with our favorite epidemiologist to talk about the vaccines, variants and summer vacation. Do we still need to wear masks? When will eating inside be safe? Can we throw a birthday party or wedding? Or is another wave coming? Where are we with all the variants and how can the vaccines protect us? Should we make plans to travel this summer? What about sleepaway camp? SO many questions!

Join us as we reconnect with Jessica Malaty Rivera who has alllll the data and can answer these questions and more, for an insightful hour in May.

Jessica is a microbiologist and science communication strategist in infectious disease epidemiology, public health policy, and vaccine advocacy. She specializes in translating complex scientific concepts into impactful, judgment-free, and accessible information for a diverse audience.

Part of The Mother Company’s series on Parenting in a Pandemic.



As a senior health and science communication strategist, Jessica has dedicated the last 15 years to high level medical research, global health policy, and access advocacy. Jessica is a microbiologist and specializes in translating complex scientific concepts and clinical data into clear and impactful messages.
With a diverse background in non-profit, academia, and biotech companies, Jessica has conducted robust research and program development in the United States and abroad. Her work has taken her to over 50 countries.  Jessica has particular expertise in emerging infectious diseases, vaccines, and epidemiology. Jessica has experience in science writing and editing, digital engagement, brand marketing, grassroots campaigns, crisis communications, regulatory milestones, and project management.  Jessica is passionate about gender diversity in the STEM industries and committed to promoting equity and fair representation in and through her work.


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