We have moved beyond burning witches and lynching wrong-doers. So we should also stop shaming unvaccinated people. There are better ways to change behaviour.
Health care providers are just one trusted source of information for parents on the safety of COVID-19 vaccines for children.
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Pediatricians and other health care providers can take some concrete steps toward building trust and counteracting anti-vaccination misinformation.
Using trusted messengers, making sure that vaccine information is tailored to those being targeted, and greater flexibility over vaccination timing and venues could all increase uptake.
Vaccine hesitancy poses significant risks for those refusing to be vaccinated. The more people get vaccinated, the better the chances of living with the virus.
A group of protesters stands inside the Utah State Capitol in 2016, criticizing a proposal to make polygamy a felony again.
Fear of prosecution and a history of distrust toward the government have contributed to some fundamentalist groups’ views of medicine.
A Soweto resident walks past a graffiti art wall educating locals about the dangers of COVID-19 in South Africa.
It was the biases of its ‘first world’ which prevented South Africa from mobilising the energies and talents of most of its people against COVID-19.
Kenya national rugby union team supporters, like these celebrating victory over Germany, face a compulsory vaccine mandate.
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Mandates should be considered only when all geographical, financial and cultural access issues have been addressed. They should be a last resort.
Conspiracy theories can make parents hesitant to vaccinate their children.
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Through their vaccination choices, parents are often communicating not just what they think, but also who they are.
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Vaccination uptake is influenced by many factors and carries a variety of meanings – social, political, economic, ideological, moral as well as biological.
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers implied he was vaccinated against COVID-19 when he was not, and made statements about the vaccines based on misinformation.
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Vaccine hesitancy has been a growing challenge for more than a decade. Concerns about vaccine safety and adverse events are the most commonly cited reasons.
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To help increase trust in vaccines, researchers analyzed data on adverse events to address safety concerns, and then used cognitive science to show how cognitive biases feed vaccine hesitancy.
Almost 90% of the care-home workforce is already vaccinated.
Improving care workers’ wages and working conditions will not only boost vaccination rates – it will tackle staffing shortages in care.
The “Which Virus Are You” website was a fun and informative way to talk to young people about the benefits of the COVID-19 vaccines.
To convince 18- to 30-year-olds to get vaccinated, three doctoral students designed an innovative, fun, non-judgmental quiz.
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The development of COVID vaccines has already been explosive. There are more innovations on the way.
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Many in PNG have access to the vaccine, even in the remotest corners of the country. But the problem is a deep-seated fear of the vaccine.
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Carter Giglio, 8, joined by service dog Barney of Hero Dogs, shows off the bandage over his injection site after being vaccinated at Children’s National Hospital in Washington.
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An infectious diseases doctor reviews the evidence, discusses hesitancy and concerns about side-effects and explains the overwhelming case for vaccinating five-to-11-year-olds, including his own son.
Public health officials need to know where to focus their vaccination outreach efforts.
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Machine learning algorithms can help public health officials identify areas of high vaccine hesitancy by ZIP code to better target messaging and outreach and counter misinformation.
Ethics are important to vaccination decisions because while science can clarify some of the costs and benefits, it cannot tell us which costs and benefits matter most to us.
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When making the decision whether to vaccinate children aged five to 11 against COVID-19, regulators in Canada must rely on sound ethics as well as sound science.