MCGH-Doherty Institute Global Health Forum: Social Science and Vaccine Uptake

Social Science and Vaccine Uptake

Monday, 9 August 2021, 12.30-1.30pm


Vaccine hesitancy uptake has been in the headlines across much of 2021, as the world struggles to gain the upper hand on the COVID19 pandemic. In this talk, three experts will discuss the role that social science research and methods can play in understanding reasons for vaccine treatment uptake and failure in the fight against infectious diseases in LMICs, and its role in informing public health interventions. Prof. Margie Danchin will cover perspectives of the COVID-19 vaccine uptake in low-middle income countries, and the COVID-19 impact on schooling. Dr Inke Nadia D Lubis will speak from Medan, Indonesia on COVID-19 vaccine uptake in that country, where COVID infections have surged, including the highly infectious Delta variant. She will also share the social challenges of conducting research before and during the current pandemic. This will be complemented by the perspectives of infectious diseases expert and researcher on malaria and intestinal helminths, A/Prof Siddhartha Mahanty.



  • Associate Professor Margie Danchin (Melbourne) is a consultant paediatrician within the Department of General Medicine, Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH), and an Associate Professor at the Department of Paediatrics, University of Melbourne and Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, where she leads the Vaccine Uptake Group
  • Associate Professor Siddhartha Mahanty (Melbourne) is an infectious diseases specialist and parasitologist based in the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity at the University of Melbourne and the Royal Melbourne Hospital. He is involved in inpatient and outpatient care in infectious diseases and conducts research on malaria and intestinal helminths.
  • Dr Inke Nadia D Lubis (Indonesia): is a paediatrician, researcher based in Medan, North Sumatra where she is a member of the COVID task force. She is vice dean at Universitas Sumartera Utara where she lectures in tropical medicine.


  • Dr Ricardo Ataide is Senior Research Fellow at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute and Peter Doherty Institute, with an interest in infectious diseases focusing on malaria


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