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Inside a clinical setting, a plaster has been placed on the injection site of a patient who just received a vaccine.

Professor Patricia Kingori, Professor Samantha Vanderslott, Dr Sam Martin and Dr Sally Frampton are guest advisors for a special collection of articles in Medical Education Online: When the vaccinators won’t get vaccinated: vaccine hesitancy, (mis)information and healthcare workers

This call for papers seeks accounts from diverse backgrounds and contexts, nationally and internationally, to strengthen our understanding of the phenomenon of vaccine hesitancy from the perspective of health care workers (HCWs).

The consumption and distribution of misinformation has an established link with vaccine hesitancy. Research by the Wellcome Global Monitor survey reveals that frontline HCWs are regarded as the “most trusted sources” of information about vaccines.

Given the trust that the public has in HCWs and their role in vaccination campaigns, it is crucial that both health officials and policymakers understand the potential influence and impact that their perspectives might have on public health.

The overarching aim of this special issue is to provide relevant analysis that will strengthen both medical research and public health policy, with the expectation that this should be of use to addressing misinformation and vaccine hesitancy amongst HCWs.

The collection of articles will draw upon a range of academic disciplines, including sociology, ethics, psychology, communications, and history, and include different research methods.

The deadline for submission of abstracts is 13 October 2023. Further details are available on the Medical Education Online Taylor & Francis website.

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