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The Vaccination Acceptance Research Network (VARN)

The Vaccination Acceptance Research Network (VARN) is an entity for global leadership in the application and advancement of social and behavioral science insights, research and expertise on vaccination acceptance. Participating members meet to discuss and address socio-behavioral approaches to vaccination research, identify gaps in existing research and opportunities for new interdisciplinary research and work collaboratively to address vaccination acceptance in low- and middle-income country settings. Members include multidisciplinary academic researchers, global health practitioners and Sabin’s Social and Behavioral Research Grant Program partners. Drawing from multiple disciplines, VARN members link social and behavioral research insights with programming and policy by:

  • Analyzing vaccination topics from various theoretical and methodological approaches to guide the design of solutions around vaccination acceptance and demand
  • Sharing knowledge, research, and papers through VARN convened-events
  • Serving on working groups to collaboratively approach vaccination challenges
  • Co-authoring working group papers and other materials for the Resource Hub
  • Setting research agendas to move the field(s) forward

Our greatest strengths include access to research experts from multiple disciplines and geographic regions, a strong connection to national immunization program managers and global health policy makers, and the ability to bring relevant expertise and experience to vaccination acceptance topics.

VARN2023 Conference

When communities lead, global immunization succeeds! Co-convened with UNICEF and co-sponsored by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance and in support of COVID-19 Vaccine Delivery Partnership priority countries, Sabin hosted VARN2023, a space for exploration and wide dissemination of knowledge, practice, and evidence-informed strategies for driving action across the vaccination acceptance, demand, and delivery ecosystem.


VARN2022 Conference

Sabin and the VARN organizing committee hosted the inaugural VARN Conference on March 1-3, 2022: Shaping Global Vaccine Acceptance with Localized Knowledge . The conference was a huge success, as 750+ participants registered to join us from across 75+ countries to hear global health professionals, behavioral researchers and policymakers share their research findings and discuss key strategies to support vaccine acceptance, demand and uptake. Visit VARN2022 for key lessons and insights from the conference.


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We are always looking to engage more thinkers in this space and invite new members!
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