Mérieux Foundation event

7th Vaccine Acceptance Meeting

September 23-25, 2019 - Les Pensières Center for Global Health, Veyrier du Lac (France)


Early in 2019, the World Health Organization labelled reluctance to receive recommended vaccines – despite the availability of vaccination services – as one of the 10 most important threats to global health. At the same time, global headlines reported a 300% increase in measles cases worldwide, with many outbreaks directly linked to vaccine acceptance.

Misinformation on the Internet and social media and the “anti-vaccine” movement are often blamed for vaccination programmes losing momentum. While public health organizations struggle with providing interventions to effectively promote vaccination at the population-level, many countries are considering implementing or tightening mandatory policies. Meanwhile, front-line vaccination providers need more support to address the vaccination concerns of patients in their practices.

There is an undeniable need for effective strategies to enhance vaccine acceptance and uptake in low, middle, and high-income settings. However, interventions must tackle the many drivers of vaccine acceptance and uptake, ranging from logistics (access to and awareness of affordable vaccines), to complex psychological, social, political and cultural factors. Fortunately, the field of research that is rigorously developing, implementing and evaluating interventions to address challenges around vaccine acceptance is growing rapidly.

Different initiatives are ongoing at the global level. The World Health Organization and UNICEF, along with other partners such as GAVI and the Gates Foundation, are creating a “hub for vaccine acceptance and demand” to better coordinate global efforts in the field. The new Vaccination Acceptance Research Network (VARN) is launching a global network of multi-disciplinary researchers and immunization program managers to address immunization program challenges and improve vaccination acceptance. Another initiative is this annual Vaccine Acceptance meeting in Annecy, France. Its success is highlighted by the creation of an informal community of practice that facilitates mutual learning and sharing of knowledge. Many initiatives and research projects have directly resulted from this meeting.

This 7th meeting will once again bring people from diverse sectors together to discuss emergent vaccine acceptance challenges and evidence-informed ways to address them.

The sessions will present different perspectives on strategies to enhance vaccine acceptance, ranging from training on vaccine acceptance, to policy interventions and vaccine mandates, to telling compelling stories about the importance of vaccination and efficacy.

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Day 1 Monday, September 23

Day 2 Tuesday, September 24

Day 3 Wednesday, September 25

Session 1 - Rapid fire talks

Chair: Jonas SIVELA

  • 8:35 - 8:45

    Understanding measles vaccine hesitancy in Sudan


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  • 8:50 - 9:00

    Using the COM-B model for mixed-methods research to understand barriers to influenza vaccination of children

    Samantha CARLSON

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  • 9:05 - 9:15

    A scoping review examining the availability of dialogue-based resources to support healthcare providers engagement with vaccine hesitant individuals

    Holly SEALE

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  • 9:20 - 9:30

    Vaccine clinical trials in low-resource settings: perspectives from Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya

    Machteld VAN DEN BERG

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  • 9:35 - 9:45

    Swedish government initiative to improve child protection against communicable diseases

    Madelene DANIELSSON

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  • 9:50 - 10:00

    Text message interventions

    Abdul Momin KAZI

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  • 10:05 - 10:15

    Vaccine acceptance in parents in Diape (Côte d’Ivoire)

    Harvey TOURE

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  • 10:20 - 10:25

    Update on the vaccine safety net developments

    Cherstyn HURLEY

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Session 2 - Vaccine mandates

Chair: Katie Attwell

  • 10:50 - 11:10

    Mandatory vaccination 5Ss: scope, sanctions, severity, selectivity and salience

    Katie ATTWELL

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  • 11:20 - 11:40

    Firing a shot: California and America’s new vaccine wars

    Mark NAVIN

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  • 11:50 - 12:10

    The politics, policy and epidemiology of mandates in the US and Europe

    Saad OMER

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Session 3 - Diverse perspectives on vaccine acceptance

Chair: L. Suzanne Suggs

  • 14:00 - 14:20

    Humans over herds: complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) providers’ individualized approaches to vaccination in Switzerland

    Michael DEML

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  • 14:30 - 14:50

    Increasing demand for vaccination: kids as ‘change agents’

    Ian ROE

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  • 15:00 - 15:20

    Increasing vaccination: lessons from behavioural science

    Hugo HARPER

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  • 16:00 - 16:20

    Lessons learned from the implementation of the EMMIE (Entretien motivationnel en maternité pour l’immunisation des enfants) program: a governmental program to increase vaccine acceptance in maternity wards

    Arnaud GAGNEUR

  • 16:30 - 16:50

    Design and evaluation of a branded narrative story-based intervention to promote HPV vaccination in Rwanda

    W. Doug EVANS

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  • 17:00 - 17:05

    Update from the WHO working group on measuring Behavioural and Social Drivers (BeSD) of vaccination

    Julie LEASK & Lisa MENNING

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  • 17:10 - 17:15

    Update on the work of the Vaccine Acceptance Research Network (VARN)

    Dorothy PEPRAH

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Session 4 - Vaccination systems resilience & demand

Chairs: Eve DUBÉ & Angus THOMSON

  • 8:30 - 8:50

    Exploring pathways for building trust in vaccination and strengthening health system resilience

    Sachiko OZAWA

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  • 09:00 - 09:20

    National level experience with the Danish HPV safety crisis: addressing HPV vaccine hesitancy in Denmark.

    Bolette SØBORG

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  • 09:30 - 09:50

    High-impact, resilient and equitable: an update on vaccination demand strategies from WHO headquarters, Geneva

    Lisa MENNING

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  • 10:00 - 10:20

    Vaccines for a resilient immunization system: an industry perspective

    Imraan MUNSHI

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Session 5 - Training in vaccine acceptance

Chair: Arnaud GAGNEUR

  • 11:00 - 11:05


    Arnaud GAGNEUR

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  • 11:05 - 11:25

    Implementation of announcement approach training for US providers

    Noel BREWER

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  • 11:35 - 11:55

    P3-MumBubVax: development of a multi-component antenatal intervention to promote maternal and childhood vaccine uptake in Australia

    Jessica KAUFMAN & Margie DANCHIN

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  • 12:05 - 12:25

    Vaccine trust masters training program: the international pediatrics association

    Naveen THACKER

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Session 6 - Workshops: telling compelling stories & resilience index

Chair: Cornelia BETSCH