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Authors: Sabin-Aspen Vaccine Science & Policy Group


Contact hours: 10
Expiration date: December 31, 2023
Course price: $29

Course Summary

The end of the COVID-19 pandemic will depend on our ability to address vaccine hesitancy, one of the top 10 threats to global health. Meeting the Challenge of Vaccination Hesitancy lays out actionable steps that leaders across healthcare, research, philanthropy, and technology can take to build confidence in vaccines and vaccinations. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, worldwide measles outbreaks in communities with low immunization rates revealed gaps in the herd immunity that once protected us, including the United States’ largest measles outbreak in 20 years in 2019. The troubling trend of declining vaccination uptake is fueled by complacency and loss of confidence in the system that develops, produces, recommends and delivers vaccines.

Bold, interdisciplinary, global action is urgently needed to ensure confidence in immunization, which is estimated to save between 2 and 3 million lives every year. Three ‘Big Ideas’ proposed in this report address the primary barriers to vaccine acceptance, provide a framework for progress, and sound a call to action. 

The Sabin-Aspen Vaccine Science & Policy Group brings together senior leaders across many disciplines to examine some of the most challenging vaccine-related issues and drive impactful change. Members are influential, creative, out-of-the-box thinkers who vigorously probe a single topic each year and develop actionable recommendations to advance innovative ideas for the development, distribution, and use of vaccines, as well as evidence- based and cost-effective approaches to immunization.

Meeting the Challenge of Vaccine Hesitancy is based on work funded in part by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The findings and conclusions contained within are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect positions or policies of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

This report is reproduced with permission from the Sabin Institute.

Criteria for Successful Completion

Study the course material, achieve a score of 80% or higher on the post test (the post test can be repeated if a learner scores less than 80%), complete the course evaluation, and pay where required. No partial credit will be awarded.


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Course Objectives

When you finish this course you will be able to:

  1. Discuss 3 impediments to work on combating vaccine hesitancy.
  2. Give three reasons that social movements may not be effective with anti-vaxxers.
  3. Identify 5 elements that must be present for a winning approach to increased vaccination rates.
  4. Name 6 objections to vaccination that are commonly heard today in the United States.