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Understanding vaccination hesitancy by studying the reasons and emotions of irregular individuals – Promotieonderzoek

Gepubliceerd: 26 juni 2021 Laatst bijgewerkt: 26 juni 2021

M.A.M. Matthijssen, Prof. dr. P.H.J. Achterberg, Dr. J.C.M. Cloin, Dr. L.A.M. van de Goor, Dr. F. van Leeuwen

Vaccination is a very effective tool to fight the spread of infectious diseases such as measles, Hepatitis B, and recently also COVID-19. However, some people refuse to be vaccinated (or have their children vaccinated) and this prevents high vaccination coverage and the elimination of infectious diseases. In this project the focus is on examining irregular individuals, that is, individuals who favor (or oppose) vaccination despite having traits and identities that make them likely to oppose (or favor) vaccination. The primary aim of the project is to better understand why people sometimes refuse vaccination and to identify strategies to increase vaccination coverage.