Moving the Needle on Vaccine Uptake

A child is immunized in Kwitanda, Malawi. Photo credit: Paul Joseph Brown
  • Complacency appears when there is a low perceived risk of vaccine-preventable diseases so vaccination is not deemed necessary and other health issues may become a higher priority.
  • A lack of confidence reflects low levels of trust in vaccines, the delivery system, or health authorities. This may include doubts about vaccine efficacy, motivations of policymakers, or mistrust rooted in a history of unethical public health practices.
  • Vaccine convenience is the extent to which barriers related to physical availability of vaccines, geographic accessibility, affordability and acceptability of services impact vaccine uptake.

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