In the latest episode of IDS’ Between the Lines Podcast, Melissa Leach joins Anthropologist and Founding Director of the Vaccine Confidence Project Heidi Larson to discuss her new book Stuck: How Vaccine Rumors Start and Why They Don’t Go Away.
Touching on some of the controversies that formed the backdrop for writing the book, Melissa and Heidi discuss the history and reasons behind hesitancy and misinformation around vaccines. They talk about how attention to social factors is crucial to understanding and dispelling rumours around vaccine safety.
Dig a little deeper and take a look at some useful resources related to topics discussed:
- Stuck: How Vaccine Rumours Start – and Why They Don’t Go Away
- Vaccine Anxieties: Global Science, Child Health and Society
- The Vaccine Confidence Project
- Social Science in Humanitarian Action Platform
- Rapid Review: Vaccine Hesitancy and Building Confidence in COVID-19 Vaccination
- A call to arms: helping family, friends and communities navigate the COVID-19 infodemic
- She Hunts Viral Rumors About Real Viruses
- Heidi Larson interview: How to stop covid-19 vaccine hesitancy
- Comment on ‘Covid-19 vaccine deployment: Behaviour, ethics, misinformation and policy strategies’
- We need trust in our politics to overcome vaccine hesitancy
- Vaccine trials must engage with communities or risk failure, say social scientists
- Infographic: Going beyond misinformation to build vaccine confidence
This conversation makes a clear call to action to foster a conscious and critical public that listens to and learns from each other in order to cut through misinformation and restore confidence in vaccines.
Heidi Larson is an anthropologist and the founding director of the Vaccine Confidence Project – a project that monitors and evaluates public confidence in immunisation programmes through early detection of public concerns around vaccines.
Melissa Leach is a geographer and social anthropologist, director of the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), and Principal Investigator of SSHAP.