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Vaccine Hesitancy and COVID-19

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Vaccine Hesitancy and COVID-19

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Vaccines are an essential tool in the fight against infectious diseases. Globally, they help to save two to three million lives every year from more than 20 potentially deadly diseases.1 Today, new COVID-19 vaccinations provide an opportunity to take a huge step forward in reducing the levels of illness, hospitalization and loss of life.  

However, there has been some opposition to vaccination ever since the first smallpox vaccine. For example, social media allows for anti-vaccine rhetoric to proliferate more rapidly, with social media algorithms increasing the spread of misinformation.

So, what can be done to overcome vaccine hesitancy? Cigna’s latest research paper, How the COVID-19 pandemic put vaccine hesitancy in the spotlight, discusses the current global situation regarding COVID-19 vaccines and the reasons people may currently feel distrust towards vaccines.

Click here to learn more about vaccine hesitancy and best practices for organizations and individuals to overcome misinformation.


1. "Vaccines and Immunization," World Health Organization, Accessed March 3, 2021.

This information is for educational purposes only. It is not medical advice and should not be used as a tool for self-diagnosis. Always consult with your provider for appropriate examinations, treatment, testing and care recommendations. Your use of this information is at your sole risk.