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How can we better understanding common vaccine perceptions? Here, we explore the idea of 'distrust' as a root.
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People’s general mistrust of authorities and those whom they perceive to be working for authorities is a common underlying feeling in vaccine hesitancy.

This can include a general perception that vaccination is used as a tool for powerful people to oppress disadvantaged groups. When people have felt mistreated by authorities, for example in prisons, it is important to understand why people don’t trust authorities.


Speech bubble with the following text: ‘Vaccination is used by powerful people to oppress marginalised groups in society’’

It is important to listen to concerns amongst marginalised populations such as people living in prison, and acknowledge historical events when this population has been marginalised and has suffered as a consequence.

Speech bubble with the following text: ‘Infectious diseases often affect marginalised groups in society, such as people living in prisons, people experiencing homelessness, or asylum seekers, more than the general community. Declining vaccination can worsen health inequalities and increases the levels of infectious disease experienced by these groups. Getting vaccinated is an empowering step towards breaking down barriers between these groups and the rest of society.’’

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