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Vaccines: Beliefs, Mistrust, Drivers of take-up

Three years into the Covid pandemic, we have witnessed the largest vaccination drive in history. But even as vaccination rates were lauded in the early stages, and enabled the reopening of economies and communities around the world, we know there were pockets of deep mistrust and resistance to receiving Covid vaccinations.

Drawing on four research projects undertaken in the midst of the pandemic, we investigate the attitudes, ideas, and beliefs of people about the Covid-19 vaccine across seven countries to better understand the root causes of vaccine mistrust and hesitancy.

Our work presents multidisciplinary insights to inform future public health policy and outreach, drawing on anthropology, communications, political science, and sociology; and diverse methods from large-survey statistics to focus groups and in-depth interviews to understand lived experiences.


 This event is part of the Brunel Research Festival, which returns this May for a packed programme of online and in-person activities, celebrating cutting-edge and challenge-led research at Brunel and beyond.

Showcasing the world-class research carried out by colleagues from across the University, the Festival is a month-long celebration of the diverse local and global benefits of our research.

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