vaccine hesitant

adjective

variants or vaccine-hesitant
: characterized by reluctance or refusal to have oneself or one's children vaccinated
vaccine hesitant adults
Among the 18% of Iowans who identify as vaccine-hesitant, about half cited uncertainty about vaccine side effects as the source of their reluctance …Bennett Goldstein

Word History

First Known Use

2005, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of vaccine hesitant was in 2005

Dictionary Entries Near vaccine hesitant

Cite this Entry

“Vaccine hesitant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vaccine%20hesitant. Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition

vaccine hesitant

adjective
variants or vaccine-hesitant
: characterized by reluctance or refusal to have oneself or one's children vaccinated
vaccine hesitant health care workers
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