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Behavioral and Psychological Mechanisms and Interventions to Understand and Address COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy Across the Lifespan

The National Institute of Aging (NIA) and the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) Board on Behavioral, Cognitive, and Social Sciences (BBCSS) jointly hosted a seminar titled Behavioral and Psychological Mechanisms and Interventions to Understand and Address COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy Across the Lifespan on June 14-15, 2021, via videoconference. Meeting participants discussed the full spectrum of vaccine hesitancy, its intersection with aging, and ways that behavioral science can increase vaccine uptake in a variety of populations. A recurring theme throughout the seminar was equity in vaccine distribution and vaccination campaign efforts. The meeting also explored potential strategies to increase vaccination rates and necessary future research directions that may drive future campaigns for COVID-19 boosters or other new vaccines. The workshop report (PDF, 1.26MB) is available.