Vaccine hesitancy among healthcare workers and their patients in Europe

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European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. Vaccine hesitancy among healthcare workers and their patients in Europe – A qualitative study. Stockholm: ECDC; 2015.

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​The research described in this report was conducted to assess potential concerns among hesitant healthcare workers in Europe as part of an ECDC project entitled ‘Comprehensive expert opinion on motivating hesitant population groups to vaccinate’. The aim of this research project is to have a better understanding of vaccine hesitancy and safety concerns among healthcare vaccine providers and their patients in Europe and to explore the link and potential influence between the two groups.

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The knowledge gained from this study will help public health professionals in Europe to develop more targeted and effective public health measures to prevent and respond to vaccine hesitancy, especially among healthcare professionals.

It should be noted that the views of the healthcare workers interviewed in this study may not be representative of the views of the general population of healthcare workers and must therefore be interpreted with caution.

The views expressed in this publication do not necessarily reflect the views of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).

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