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Bringing the social into vaccination research: Community-led ethnography and trust-building in immunization programs in Sierra Leone

By: Luisa Enria et al.

Source: PLOS ONE

Vaccine hesitancy is a complex, contested social phenomenon and existing research highlights
the multifaceted role of trust in strengthening vaccine confidence. However, understanding
public engagement with vaccination through the lens of (mis)trust requires more
contextual evidence on trust’s qualitative determinants. This includes expanding the geographic
focus beyond current studies’ focus on High Income Countries. Furthermore, obstacles
remain in effectively integrating social science findings in the design of vaccine
deployment strategies, and in ensuring that those who implement interventions and are
affected by them are directly involved in producing knowledge about vaccination challenges.

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