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Understanding Vaccine Hesitancy

Vaccine hesitancy is the delay in acceptance or refusal of vaccines despite availability of vaccination services. It is both complex and context specific, varying across time, place and vaccines. It is influenced by factors such as complacency, convenience and confidence. Understanding the scope of factors influencing vaccine hesitancy will contribute to better understanding how to engage early and successfully in the vaccine decision-making process. 

WHO. 2018. Addressing Vaccine Hesitancy

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Last Reviewed: July 27, 2023