VACCINE HESITANCY ACROSS TIME: LEGAL AND POLICY INTERVENTIONS FROM THE DAWN OF THE ANTI-VACCINATION MOVEMENT TO THE ERA OF SOCIAL MEDIA

May 8, 2022
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This Article explores the intertwined topics of hesitancy and trust towards vaccines. The Article traces the evolution of antivaccine sentiments, their consolidation into organized movements, and their recent evolution, as vaccine misinformation and disinformation circulate with unprecedented ease through digital channels. The Article then examines selected legal and policy interventions that have been used to counter vaccine hesitancy— sometimes through top-down or mandatory frameworks, other times, through voluntary ones. In particular, this Article examines vaccination mandates, as well as rules imposing or promoting vaccination; mechanisms designed to increase the flow of information about vaccines; and nudges to vaccination, such as lotteries and other prize-like mechanisms.

Author: Ana Santos Rutschman

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Volume 23, Issue 4