Vaccine Hesitancy- A Review of Literature
Pratibha Sharma1, Chandrashekhar BR2* and Vivek Bhaskar3
1Post Graduate Student, Department of Public Health Dentistry, JSS Dental College and Hospital, JSS Academy of Higher Education and Reseach, Mysuru, India
2Professor and Head of Department, Department of Public Health Dentistry, JSS Dental College and Hospital, JSS Academy of Higher Education and Reseach, Mysuru, India
3Specialist Orthodontist, Private Practice, Muscat, Oman
*Corresponding Author: Chandrashekhar BR, Professor and Head of Department, Department of Public Health Dentistry, JSS Dental College and Hospital, JSS Academy of Higher Education and Reseach, Mysuru, India.
Received: February 21, 2022; Published: March 10, 2022
Vaccine hesitancy is the refusal by members of the public to take safe and recommended vaccines. This has been recorded since many decades. With each infection that modern medicine tries to eradicate via vaccines, there has been hesitancy from the public in different forms towards getting the said vaccines. However, successful strategies have been adopted to ensure maximum coverage of vaccination thereby facilitating elimination of the particular disease. Today, vaccine hesitancy stands in the way of successful resolution of the COVID- 19 pandemic. This article reviews the history of vaccine hesitancy, some important concepts about hesitancy and strategies that were carried out to overcome them. It is hoped that this article could help healthcare workers better understand vaccine hesitancy and use some of the methods mentioned here in achieving maximum rates of COVID 19 vaccinations.
Keywords: Vaccine hesitancy; Vaccines; COVID 19
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