BONUS Vaccine hesitancy | WeAreSTS

WeAreSTS - A Podcast from UCL Department of Science and Technology Studies (STS), hosted by Professor Joe Cain.

Jasmine Chakravarty reports for STS NewsRoom. As of November 2021, more than 46.4 million people in the UK have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine as part of the biggest mass-immunization programme the country has ever run. Most of us rushed to book our appointments as soon as we received a message, keen to protect ourselves from the virus. However, not everyone has been quite so confident in the vaccine. In this episode, Jasmine Chakravarty speaks to four UCL academics to learn more about vaccine hesitancy.

She wants to know:

what it is
  2. which groups are hesitant and why
  3. how this hesitancy can best be engaged


Jasmine would like to thank her fantastic guests

  • Professor Helen Bedford
  • Dr Stephen Hughes
  • Dr Katherine Woolf
  • Professor Sarah Edwards

For more information on vaccine hesitancy visit:

For more advice on how to talk to those who are hesitant, see:

To read Dr Katherine Woolf’s research paper ‘Dispel myths and build trust to combat vaccine hesitancy among ethnic minority health workers’, follow the link:

Find out more about vaccine hesitancy among ethnic minority groups in the UK:

To learn more about the ‘COVID-19 Wellbeing Study’ with which Professor Sarah Edwards is involved, follow:

For more information about UCL’s Master’s in Science Communication (MSc)

For more about STS Alchemy


Interviewer and episode creator:

  • Jasmine Chakravarty
    UCL Class of 2021


Music credits

Podcast information

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WeAreSTS producer is Professor Joe Cain.

Jasmine Chakravarty edited and produced the main segments of this episode.

The balance of editing and post-production by Professor Joe Cain.