The Psychology of Vaccine Acceptance, Hesitancy and Refusal

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Join Chichester Skeptics in the Pub at 19.30 on Tuesday 16th April to discuss: 'The psychology of vaccine acceptance, hesitancy and refusal'.

The reasons why an individual may refuse a vaccine that is backed by extremely strong safety and efficacy evidence are wide ranging and complex. In this talk, Richard Clarke will introduce you to the concept of Vaccine Hesitancy and explain how risk perception, uncertainty, social influence and, above all, trust plays a role in vaccine delay, selection and refusal.

Spoiler: Strangely enough just saying, “Vaccinate your damn kids!" might not be the most effective health communication strategy out there. Who'd have thought it?

Richard Clarke is a health psychologist and final year PhD candidate with The Vaccine Confidence Project ( based at The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Richard's area of expertise focuses on the social science related to vaccine delivery.


16 April, 19:30 - 21:30


The Chichester Inn