About MedLit

Our Story


As of April 2021, COVID-19 has killed more than 2.8 million people across the globe. You have likely heard of someone who contracted COVID-19, or even known someone in your own circle of friends and family. From social distancing and masks to total lockdowns, the pandemic has changed the world we live in. Fortunately, the strongest tools to end this pandemic have already been created: COVID-19 vaccines.

At the same time as the COVID-19 pandemic, the MedLit team identified another problem. Vaccine hesitancy and misinformation has also spread globally. Having concerns about the effectiveness or safety of a new vaccine is normal, but misinformation only creates false concerns. MedLit was created to promote vaccine confidence and increase scientific literacy. We present unbiased information translated directly from the research behind each COVID-19 vaccine.

MedLit’s goal is to provide you with the evidence you need to make an informed decision. It is ultimately your choice whether or not you receive a COVID-19 vaccination.

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Our Story


As of April 2021, COVID-19 has killed more than 2.8 million people across the globe. You have likely heard of someone who contracted COVID-19, or even known someone in your own circle of friends and family. From social distancing and masks to total lockdowns, the pandemic has changed the world we live in. Fortunately, the strongest tools to end this pandemic have already been created: COVID-19 vaccines.

At the same time as the COVID-19 pandemic, the MedLit team identified another problem. Vaccine hesitancy and misinformation has also spread globally. Having concerns about the effectiveness or safety of a new vaccine is normal, but misinformation only creates false concerns. MedLit was created to promote vaccine confidence and increase scientific literacy. We present unbiased information translated directly from the research behind each COVID-19 vaccine.

MedLit’s goal is to provide you with the evidence you need to make an informed decision. It is ultimately your choice whether or not you receive a COVID-19 vaccination.

Meet MedLit


MedLit was started by three Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) students/alumni from the University of Toronto in Canada. James, Chris and Roshni were inspired to create a resource to promote scientific literacy. In the time of the COVID-19 pandemic, the best way to do this was to explain the science that drove the production and approval of the vaccines for COVID-19. What these new pharmacists noticed in their practice and through loved ones was a lack of vaccine confidence.

Herd immunity through vaccination is a necessary step to fight this pandemic; however, vaccine hesitancy, or lack of vaccine confidence is a major barrier to achieving herd immunity. In Canada in 2020, only 57.5% of Canadians said they would be very likely to receive a COVID-19 vaccine if it was available. Although the percentage of the population to achieve herd immunity depends on the rate of infection, generally 60% or more of the population should be vaccinated to achieve this protective effect.

MedLit aims to increase confidence in vaccines by helping to increase scientific literacy to better understand and trust the science involved in the clinical trials that test the vaccine efficacy and safety.

As pharmacists, we are perfectly positioned to address public concerns about COVID-19 vaccines. Traditionally known as the most accessible healthcare provider, we want to bring the research on COVID-19 vaccines to more people though answers to some of your most pressing vaccine questions.

By increasing vaccine confidence through scientific literacy, we hope to indirectly improve vaccination rates, increase herd immunity, and overcome this pandemic.

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James Plaetzer
CEO, Co-Founder

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Roshni Patel
CPO, Co-Founder

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Chris Tse
CCO, Co-Founder