Vaccines help protect farm animals from various diseases.
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While mRNA vaccines are designed to last longer in the body than mRNA molecules typically would, they are also tested to ensure they are eliminated from livestock long before milking or slaughter.
Intent to vaccinate cannot be used to predict uptake.
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Curbing vaccine hesitancy is as much a matter of acknowledging its social, historical, and cultural roots as it is of addressing its clinical dimensions.
A new study has looked at more than 15,000 people across 21 countries to assess whether vaccinated and unvaccinated people discriminate against each other.
Throughout the pandemic, much discussion about COVID-19 transmission focused on individual-level decisions, making it easy to blame the unvaccinated.
Systemic social issues affect vaccine access and acceptability. Yet, the term ‘vaccine hesitancy’ overlooks this, reducing the multiple factors that affect vaccine uptake to individual-level choices.
There are a variety of reasons why some people may have not come forward for their booster vaccines.
Lagging booster vaccine uptake in England means millions of people may not be optimally protected ahead of winter.
Paradoxically, despite the success of COVID vaccination campaigns, confidence in vaccines has dropped significantly since the onset of the pandemic.
The mental wellbeing benefits associated with COVID vaccination were substantial among older and clinically vulnerable people, but negligible for younger adults.
Polio cases in the US, UK and Israel remind us that this could also happen in Australia. Here’s what we should watch out for.
The government’s new $11 million winter COVID and flu vaccine ad campaign gets some things right, but it doesn’t connect on an emotional level or address concerns about common side effects.
Talking about vaccines with trusted health care providers and with family can help wade through the sea of information – and misinformation.
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With COVID-19 shots finally available for infants and preschoolers, knowing how to combat misinformation on social media and elsewhere could be more important than ever.
COVID vaccinations are available for children aged five and up.
The proportion of children aged five to 11 in the UK who have been vaccinated against COVID remains quite low. Why?
COVID vaccines may lose effectiveness against Omicron, but one more dose could remedy this.
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Understanding the depth of vaccine hesitancy, and the drivers behind the lack of take-up is critical to preventing further deaths, infections, and continuing harm to the economy.
The Washington National Cathedral hosted a public vaccination event in March 2021 to help demonstrate trust by faith leaders of all denominations in the COVID-19 vaccines.
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Two political scientists in their study in South Dakota found people trusted medical professionals the least when it came to public health messages.
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The extraordinary Dunedin longitudinal study shows vaccine resistance can be laid down before high school age in response to childhood trauma or neglect. But better early education could help.
While the vast majority of primary care providers have higher confidence in vaccines than the general public, some do not.
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Many COVID-19 vaccination campaigns encourage doctors to serve as a trusted source of vaccine information. But certain vaccine-hesitant providers may stymie these efforts.
Misinformation about COVID-19 vaccines affecting fertility have no realistic basis.
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Some of the most persistent myths about COVID-19 vaccination have been false rumours that it can affect fertility in men or women. There has never been any evidence to support this misinformation.
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A highlight of this pandemic is how quickly effective vaccines were developed and rolled out.
If what you’re reading seems too good to be true, it probably is.
Reason is not the only factor that guides vaccine decisions. Understanding human decision-making is the first step in changing behaviour.
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Vaccine hesitancy is often met with one of two responses: Ridicule, or factual information. Both assume a failure of reason, but human behaviour is more complex than reason, so both responses fail.
There are large inequalities between those who have been vaccinated and those who have not.
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Income plays a large role in shaping the structural barriers people face in accessing vaccination.