Meaning of anti-vax in English:

anti-vax

Pronunciation /antɪˈvaks/

adjective

informal
  • Opposed to vaccination.

    • ‘anti-vax parents’
    • ‘We also want them to get the jab and challenge anti-vax fake news.’
    • ‘My co-author and I would love to help parents understand why anti-vax claims are wrong.’
    • ‘One doctor isn't afraid to point a finger right at the anti-vax movement.’
    • ‘I am not here to convince the anti-vax champions regarding the merits of vaccination.’
    • ‘Anti-vax sentiments have, in fact, been around since Edward Jenner first demonstrated the effectiveness of the smallpox vaccine in the late 18th century.’
    • ‘Growing numbers of malcontents, the anti-vax campaigners, allied increasingly with the Tea Party movement in the US, detest their government's directives on vaccination.’
    • ‘The behaviour of the anti-vax movement is appalling on all levels.’
    • ‘Anti-vax messaging has been spread by a number of French groups including the Gilet Jaunes ( Yellow Vest ) protest movement.’
    • ‘But anti-vax campaigns remain a dangerous obstacle in convincing some people to take a vaccine.’
    • ‘In November she wrote to the culture secretary calling for the government to clamp down on platforms that host "anti-vax" content.’

Origin

Mid 19th century (as noun anti-vack or anti-vacc): from anti- + an abbreviation of vaccination (see vax).