Shaping global vaccine acceptance with localized knowledge: a report from the inaugural VARN2022 conference

Talya Underwood, Kathryn L. Hopkins, Theresa Sommers, Cassidy Howell, Nicholas Boehman, Meredith Dockery, Ève Dubé, Baldeep K. Dhaliwal, Abdul M. Kazi, Rupali Limaye, Rubina Qasim, Holly Seale, Freddy Eric Kitutu, Robert Kanwagi, Stacey Knobler

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The first conference of the Vaccination Acceptance Research Network, VARN2022: Shaping Global Vaccine Acceptance with Localized Knowledge, was held virtually, from March 1st to 3rd 2022. This inaugural event brought together a global representation of experts to discuss key priorities and opportunities emerging across the ecosystem of vaccine acceptance and demand, from policies to programs and practice. Convened by the Sabin Vaccine Institute, VARN aims to support dialogue among multidisciplinary stakeholders to enhance the uptake of social and behavioral science-based solutions for vaccination decision-makers and implementers. The conference centered around four key themes: 1) Understanding vaccine acceptance and its drivers; 2) One size does not fit all: community- and context-specific approaches to increase vaccine acceptance and demand; 3) Fighting the infodemic and harnessing social media for good; and 4) Frameworks, data integrity and evaluation of best practices. Across the conference, presenters and participants considered the drivers of and strategies to increase vaccine acceptance and demand relating to COVID-19 vaccination and other vaccines across the life-course and across low-, middle- and high-income settings. VARN2022 provided a wealth of evidence from around the world, highlighting the need for human-centered, multi-sectoral and transdisciplinary approaches to improve vaccine acceptance and demand. This report summarizes insights from the diverse presentations and discussions held at VARN2022, which will form a roadmap for future research, policy making, and interventions to improve vaccine acceptance and demand globally.

Original languageEnglish
Article number26
JournalBMC Proceedings
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2023


  • COVID-19
  • Immunization
  • Infodemic
  • Vaccination
  • Vaccination demand
  • Vaccine acceptance
  • Vaccine confidence
  • Vaccine hesitancy


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