Shannon MacDonald

Vaccine Hesitancy and Barriers to Access Among Equity-Seeking Groups in Canada
with Dr. Shannon MacDonald
Friday, Feb. 5, 2021, 9:10 am - 9:40 am MST

This presentation was not recorded at the request of the presenter.  She has however, permitted her slides to be posted minus slides with unpublished data.

The decision to receive vaccines is influenced by a number of factors, including confidence in vaccines and the system that delivers them, perceptions of risk, and ability to access vaccination services. These factors may vary for individuals who experience inequity, such as racialized groups and newcomers. This presentation will share findings from a recent study of intentions and perceptions about routine, influenza, and COVID-19 vaccines among a number of equity-seeking groups in Canada.   


Dr. Shannon MacDonald is an Assistant Professor, Faculty of Nursing at the University of Alberta.  She received her PhD in Nursing from the University of Alberta in 2013 and completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Calgary Department of Pediatrics & Alberta Ministry of Health (2013-2016).  Her research focuses on vaccine hesitancy, uptake, and safety, with an emphasis on supporting immunization best practice and policies. She has a particular interest in addressing system-level barriers and supports to achieving high immunization coverage, especially in under-served populations. In June 2020 Dr. MacDonald and her team were awarded $335,000 in CIHR Rapid Research Funds to examine the challenges in delivering routine vaccinations during the pandemic, as well as to assess COVID-19 vaccine acceptance in Canada, particularly among equity-seeking groups.