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Addressing vaccine hesitancy in Europe

Objective

Distrust of expertise represents a great challenge for modern societies. In particular, it creates difficulties for healthcare professionals, given that citizens are arriving at the consultancy room with ready-made diagnoses, internet misinformation and contested attitudes. Vaccine hesitancy epitomizes this contestation: some parents refuse to vaccinate their children which leads to low vaccine coverage and risks of disease outbreaks. VAX-TRUST will contribute to increasing vaccine uptake in Finland, Belgium, Poland, Czech Republic, Italy, Portugal, and the UK and Europe as a whole by:
1) equipping healthcare professionals with tailored up-to-date knowledge on vaccine hesitancy in their specific local region and nation in international perspective; this knowledge will be obtained through (a) critical review of previous research on vaccine hesitancy, (b) a quantitative study using existing Eurobarometer 91.2 data (n=27,524 in 28 countries), (c) a quantitative and qualitative media analysis during 2019-2021 and (d) qualitative observations and interviews with healthcare professionals and parents (n=60 per region) at local healthcare centres in specific Target Regions;
2) giving healthcare professionals tools, support and peer support to deal with vaccine hesitancy, taking into account that some professionals may themselves be vaccine hesitant. This will involve specific interventions tailored for the Target Regions and include 50-100 individuals. These interventions will be evaluated for usability and transferability;
3) distributing the intervention tools to future healthcare professionals in order to strengthen their knowledge about vaccine hesitancy and facilitate support to meet with vaccine hesitancy in their future career; exploitation events will aim at 50-100 medical and nursing students in each Target Region;
4) identifying and communicating targeted recommendations to Target Regions, the seven countries and European area based on the project activities.

Call for proposal

H2020-SC1-2020-Single-Stage-RTD
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

TAMPEREEN KORKEAKOULUSAATIO SR
Address
Kalevantie 4
33100 Tampere
Finland
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 559 500

Participants (9)

UNIVERSITEIT GENT
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 437 588,75
Address
Sint Pietersnieuwstraat 25
9000 Gent
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIWERSYTET JAGIELLONSKI
Poland
EU contribution
€ 213 906,25
Address
Ul. Golebia 24
31007 Krakow
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI TORINO
Italy
EU contribution
€ 279 470
Address
Via Giuseppe Verdi 8
10124 Torino
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
INSTITUTO DE CIENCIAS SOCIAIS
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 264 240
Address
Av Prof Anibal De Bettencourt 9
1600 189 Lisboa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERZITA KARLOVA
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 268 875
Address
Ovocny Trh 560/5
116 36 Praha 1
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI CASSINO E DEL LAZIO MERIDIONALE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 216 410
Address
Viale Dell Universita - Campus Folcara
03043 Cassino
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSIDADE NOVA DE LISBOA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 290 625
Address
Campus De Campolide
1099 085 Lisboa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
THE UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 344 435
Address
University Park
NG7 2RD Nottingham
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
TERVEYDEN JA HYVINVOINNIN LAITOS
Finland
EU contribution
€ 96 625
Address
Mannerheimintie 166
00271 Helsinki
Activity type
Research Organisations