Vaccine Hesitancy

Season 18
Episode 1808

Vaccine hesitancy continues to be an issue in the U.S., with COVID continually bringing this topic to light. But it’s not just about the COVID vaccine. Childhood vaccine rates continue to decrease in certain areas of the country, setting us up for formerly eradicated diseases to make a comeback.

What is Vaccine Hesitancy?

• Refers to delay in acceptance or refusal of vaccines despite
availability of vaccine services.
• Is complex and context specific varying across time, place
and vaccines.
• Is influenced by factors such as complacency, convenience
and confidence.

For more information on vaccine hesitancy please visit: Harvard University

For information on vaccine safety please visit:




Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
Database from the CDC detailing the various regions across the United States and the estimates of COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy rates using data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Household Pulse Survey (HPS).
Harvard Law Petrie-Flom Center Bill of Health
Article that discusses the causes of hesitancy to the COVID-19 vaccine.
US National Library of Medicine, NIH
This review provides an overview of the phenomenon of vaccine hesitancy.
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