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Reactance describes a person’s tendency to defend their freedom and autonomy when they feel that others are trying to impose their will on them, for example through health advice or vaccination.

People living in prison are likely to be more sensitive around their freedom and anything which might be infringing on it due to the fact that their liberty has already been restricted by the state. Arguments relating to reactance may therefore be common in this group.

Speech bubble with the following text: ‘‘‘I reject vaccines because it is my choice and I am free to do so. Vaccination violates my right to decide what goes into my body.’’’

It is important to acknowledge people’s right to decide on their medical care. People should not be coerced or forced into medical decisions, including vaccination.

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Prison Health: Vaccinations for People Working and Living in Prisons (Vaccine Trained Staff)

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