Vaccination rates for many diseases have slowed and are now at risk of falling, especially following the disruption caused by Covid-19.
This briefing aims to support global policy makers and others involved in immunisation to prioritise the most effective activities to increase vaccination rates and save lives.
a summary of the evidence on what works, and what doesn’t, for increasing vaccination rates
key recommendations for prioritising efforts to increase vaccination.
1. Remove the practical barriers to vaccination and build resilient immunisation systems
2. Change the way we talk about ‘vaccine hesitancy’
Instead, it’s important to be specific about the different barriers that stop people getting vaccinated and what can be done to remove them, avoiding tactics like myth-busting and focusing on amplifying positive and accurate information.
3. Strengthen the voices of healthcare workers in presenting vaccination as a social norm
4. Address the research gap
Charlie Weller, Head of Vaccines at Wellcome
The barriers that prevent immunisation are varied and complex, and efforts to address them need to be too. However we’ve seen that some approaches to tackle these barriers are causing more harm than good. That’s why it's essential that everyone working on immunisation is led by the evidence on what works, and what does not, to improve vaccine uptake.