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Vaccine Hesitancy: What Is It and How Can We Fight It?

Why Global Citizens Should Care
Vaccine hesitancy can hamper efforts put in place to protect people from preventable diseases around the world. Vaccines prevent millions of deaths every year and are vital to the achievement of the United Nations’ Global Goal 3, which aims to secure access to good health and well-being for all. Join Global Citizen in taking action on this issue and more here.

Vaccine hesitancy was listed as one of the top 10 threats to global health by the World Health Organization (WHO) back in 2019 — but in 2021, it remains as threatening as ever.

Defined by the WHO as the “reluctance or refusal to vaccinate despite the availability of vaccines,” it has the potential to reverse progress in eliminating some of the world’s deadliest infectious diseases.

Today, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to ravage communities worldwide, the threat of vaccine hesitancy has become even more evident and urgent.