Protesters at an anti-vaccine rally in Pennsylvania in August 2021.
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Republicans are four times as likely as Democrats to say they’re not going to get the COVID-19 vaccine. What’s behind the polarization of who trusts or denies science?
The UK has outlined plans to top the immunity of the most vulnerable ahead of the winter.
There are other pathways to increasing vaccination rates, while also fostering trust in the health-care system. These have proved difficult in the US, but are available in Australia.
In the reluctance to vaccinate, there is a lack of trust and understanding of the scientific process. Better communication would help rebuild bridges.
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Before the pandemic, the public perceived science as infallible and inaccessible. But the opening up of research to the general public has changed that perception.
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One study suggests getting vaccinated halves the risk of developing long COVID.
Governments are launching booster programmes over fears about waning immunity levels, but vaccines are still highly effective at what matters most – preventing severe disease.
Tyson Foods is one of the companies that already said it would require workers to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
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Overlapping vaccine mandates at the federal, state and local levels aims to reduce the number of unvaccinated Americans.
Countries yet to experience major outbreaks will probably see big rises in cases, even if their vaccine programmes are successful.
The rules dividing states and territories are likely to remain in the short term. But as time goes on and vaccination rates increase, many may stop trying to reach COVID-zero too.
Australians will soon need to prove they’re fully vaccinated to do things like travel overseas and visit restaurants and pubs.
‘Breakthrough’ infections can happen because of waning immunity or high viral doses. But our vaccines are still excellent at preventing severe disease and death.
Any advertisement asking us to get vaccinated must answer one crucial question: what’s in it for me?
People getting vaccinated may still have questions about COVID-19 vaccines, like why it takes two doses — and then two weeks — to take full effect.
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A medical student answers questions he gets asked at a COVID-19 vaccine clinic: Efficacy versus real-world effectiveness, immune response and how the mRNA vaccines compare to vaccines already in wide use.
mRNA vaccines are the first synthetic vaccines, meaning they’re made outside of a living cell. But so are lots of things we consume every day, such as vitamin C pills and other dietary supplements.
It’s not spreading widely, and it’s not at Australia’s doorstep. The tools we have in place work against the coronavirus.
There are practical things you can do to make your child more comfortable if they’re ill.
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A universal vaccine has been described as the ‘holy grail’ – but how close are we to getting one?
COVID-19 vaccines have been proved safe and effective. But it’s understandable to have questions.
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An infectious disease doctor explains the science behind COVID-19 vaccines at a level that children – and adults – of all ages can understand.
A Delta Health Center worker at a pop-up COVID-19 vaccination clinic in rural Mississippi in April 2021.
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Achieving widespread immunity to COVID-19 through vaccination requires as many people as possible to get their shots, including those who object or haven’t bothered.
FDA approval of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine may boost vaccination rates among those who have been hesitant to get the shot.
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The U.S. FDA has approved the first COVID-19 vaccine. How is approval different from emergency use authorization, and what difference will it make to a vaccine that’s already in global use?