How can government combat misinformation around the COVID-19 vaccine?

Join Policy@Manchester at 2pm on 4 March for a panel event discussing some of the causes of vaccine hesitancy and mistrust in the new COVID-19 vaccines.

Conspiracy theories have been rife throughout the pandemic, from suggestions that the virus is caused by 5G technology through to ideas that vaccinations will implant chips into our arms. But what does this mean for vaccination rollout? How many people will refuse to have the vaccine based on conspiracy theories and misinformation? And how can the government combat this misinformation and encourage mass vaccination?


  • Dorothy Byrne, Editor-At-Large, Channel Four (Chair)
  • Dr Halima Begum, Chief Executive of The Runnymede Trust
  • Julian Knight MP, Chair of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee and the Sub-committee on Online Harms and Disinformation
  • Peter Knight, Professor of American Studies at The University of Manchester and Chair of the Comparative Analysis of Conspiracy Theories network

Date: Thursday 4 March 2021
Time: 2pm
Location: Zoom

Join us on Thursday 4 March at 2pm to hear from our panel of experts and take part in a Q&A. To register your interest, email and we will send you joining details ahead of the event.