Vaccine Hesitancy and ‘BAME’ Populations

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Abstract

The very act of separating ‘BAME’ communities from the general population for statistical purposes is a double-edged sword.

Public health authorities need to understand the specific reasons for ‘vaccine hesitancy’ among BAME communities – but they should also not ignore public health measures that have worked historically in building the high levels of trust in vaccination currently enjoyed in the United Kingdom.

The current framing of the vaccine hesitancy problem is rooted in the shift from ‘disease reduction’ to ‘vaccine-preventable disease eradication’ that occurred at the end of the twentieth century.

Public health must resist research and policy processes that fixate on identifying populations as ‘problems’ requiring ‘intervention’ if those processes lead to the imposition of surveillance and policing of communities that already distrust UK state authorities.
Original languageEnglish
Commissioning bodyHistory & Policy
Publication statusPublished - 16. Mar 2021
Externally publishedYes

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