To adequately prepare for the next pandemic, we need to understand where people’s spirituality and science scepticism overlap – and why.
Polio vaccines have been a massive public health victory in the US. But purely celebratory messaging overlooks the ongoing threat if vaccination rates fall.
I was in a region in southern Sweden’s Northland in September 2021 to find out more about a group of people who were staunchly against COVID-19 vaccinations.
Worrying about how many people believe false ideas misses the real danger – that people are influenced by them whether they believe them or not.
Anti-vaccine group moderators said Facebook provided an environment where they could safely offer support to others.
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.
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.
Anti-vaccination Instagram posts deliberately depict mothers in a certain way to drive up rates of vaccine hesitancy.
Can the government mandate vaccines? Canadians have rights to make decisions about vaccination, but these rights are not absolute, and do not mean those decisions will have no consequences.
NFL star Aaron Rodgers has amplified dangerous and disproven myths about the COVID-19 vaccine. Here’s why his statements are not only untrue, but also harmful because they spread misinformation.
Singapore will start charging people who choose not to be vaccinated for any COVID-related hospital care. While Australia’s hospitals are also under pressure, we shouldn’t follow suit.
With vaccine mandates kicking in next Monday, the Teaching Council code of professional responsibility offers a guide to handling staffroom divides – if it’s used with care.
Pentecostalism puts its faith in the Holy Spirit more than Pfizer, but there are signs the fast-growing religious movement is not totally immune to scientific reason.
Public health experts know that schools are likely sites for the spread of disease, and laws tying school attendance to vaccination go back to the 1800s.
Many countries, including South Africa, use regulations to control smoking in public so that they do not harm non-smokers. Likewise, getting vaccinated is for the common good of society.
While the vast majority of health workers are prepared to accept COVID vaccinations, we need to make sure the concerns of the minority are heard and don’t compromise safety.
Talking about your own experience can help normalise vaccination.
A growing body of research shows that nutrition, sleep, exercise and a host of other lifestyle choices can help optimize the immune system. But they are no substitute for life-saving vaccines.
People tend to stick with their stated beliefs. But here’s how external forces like vaccine mandates can push people to do something they don’t want to do – and provide some face-saving cover.
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.