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The unvaccinated are by no means a homogeneous group, explains Dr. Bacon. “We have to disentangle the difference between those who are vaccine hesitant and those who are vaccine resistant,” he says.

Those who are vaccine hesitant, between 15 to 25 per cent of the population depending on the country, tends to have reported financial or mental-health difficulties resulting from the pandemic and identify as being from traditionally underrepresented groups. It may not be their beliefs about the vaccine that is preventing them from getting a shot; it may be more practical issues.”