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.
Protesters gather at Indiana University in June 2021 to demonstrate against mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations for students, staff and faculty.
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Subtly shifting the crafting and delivery of public health messaging on COVID-19 vaccines could go a long way toward persuading many of the unvaccinated to get the shot.
September 11, 2021 marks the 18 month anniversary of the WHO declaring the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic.
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A lot has happened since the WHO declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic. A portrait in data highlights trends in everything from case counts, to research publications, to variant spread.
You’ll read lots of different figures on this — six months, eight months, more — and that’s because the research is ongoing. We don’t yet have a concrete answer.
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.
As we continue to roll out COVID-19 vaccines around the world, we’re learning people who are immunocompromised aren’t necessarily protected as well from the first two doses.
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.
Some countries have started administering third doses of COVID vaccines, or booster shots. But we’re still learning about how long immunity lasts from the first two shots.
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?
Trials are under way to ascertain whether COVID vaccines are safe and effective for children under 12. In the meantime, it’s reassuring to note that generally, young kids cope OK with the virus.
Children can give and refuse consent to be vaccinated, so parents and health workers need to be clear about the law.
A Bangladeshi man gets his jab.
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Each dose of Pfizer has a long and complex path involving mixing, storage at temperatures colder than the South Pole and specific protocols that must be followed before it becomes a jab.
The federal government has announced the Pfizer vaccine will be available to all Australians from August 30. Though there may well be long waits.
Full FDA approval of the COVID-19 vaccines may help people feel more secure in its safety and effectiveness.
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While emergency use authorization gets vaccines out to the public more quickly, it doesn’t skip any steps that full approval requires.
Doses of the Moderna vaccine will be available in Australia from mid-September. So if you’re in an eligible group you could be offered either Pfizer or Moderna. Here’s how they compare.
By 1980, all U.S. states required immunization for school attendance. Ontario followed suit in 1982.
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The effects of Ontario’s compulsory school immunization show there are advantages and disadvantages of requiring vaccination.
Vaccines don’t ward off every single infection but they do massively lower the risk.
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Vaccines can’t provide 100% protection, so it’s not a failure or surprise when some vaccinated people get sick with COVID-19. The good news is their cases are much less likely to be severe or fatal.
To paraphrase a legendary golfing saying, the harder you work, the luckier you get.
Information on COVID-19 vaccines for pregnant or breastfeeding individuals has been inconsistent and hard to find.
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Exclusion from clinical trials, lack of data and inconsistent information made it difficult for pregnant and breastfeeding people to make decisions about COVID-19 vaccines early in the rollout.
Put into context, the benefits of vaccination still far outweigh the risks of rare adverse events.
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Ongoing tracking is meant to spot very rare risks – like the connection between the Johnson & Johnson shot and Guillain-Barré syndrome. And it relies on public reporting.