Building vaccine acceptance through communication and advocacy

Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics (formerly Human Vaccines)
Volume 16, Issue 5, 2020


Special Issue: Vaccine Acceptance
Building vaccine acceptance through communication and advocacy
Kristen A. Feemster
Pages 1004-1006 | Published online: 13 May 2020
The key issues for increasing the number of vaccinated people worldwide, especially children, is to increase the supply of available vaccines, assure funding and affordability for lower-income countries, improve distribution and storage networks, assure the availability of healthcare workers to administer vaccines, improve the ability of the population to access vaccination centers, and minimize refusal / hesitation to maximize acceptability of vaccines.
It is noteworthy that among these key issues, all involve physical activities except for the final issue, which is the subject of this Special Issue. Vaccine acceptance / hesitation / refusal is unique in being a state of mind for the potential vaccinee or caregiver, such that different methods must be applied to improve acceptability. The ability of workers in the field to improve acceptability will be directly reflected in increased vaccinations with concomitant reductions in morbidity and mortality from vaccine-preventable diseases. This is a major public health challenge for the coming decade and beyond, which also will be very important for the success of new vaccines in the development pipeline.