Empathetically exploring the positive motivations of people who are vaccine hesitant may help improve acceptance for COVID-19 vaccines and others.
From maternity wards to primary care, Canadian researchers are looking to find the positive motivations of vaccine hesitant people, whether they are new parents or other adults.
Polling has Labor on a primary vote of 59%, which hasn't been seen in a state election since New South wales in 1978.
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How will governments convince enough people to get vaccinated to achieve herd immunity?
Many employers are hoping vaccines provide ‘a shot in the arm,’ but can staff opt out?
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New guidelines take a broad definition of who can apply for a religious exemption to vaccinations. A lot will hinge on what constitutes 'undue hardship' to the employer.
Currently, we don’t have the legal infrastructure or public forums needed to address the spread of coronavirus misinformation in Australia. A new proposal could help change that.
A 'psychological vaccine' has the potential to counter belief in COVID-19 conspiracies.
Memes that promote harmful conspiracies and memes that mock them are sometimes hard to distinguish.
A 1975 stamp printed in St. Vincent shows U.S. presidents George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, who were all vocally pro-inoculation and vaccination.
In the early years of the United States, several American presidents were in favour of public health inoculation and vaccination strategies.
Are immunity passports an idea that we should be seriously considering?
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Even though the idea has been rejected earlier in the COVID-19 pandemic, we need to rethink immunity passports. Here's why.
Latrice Davis, a nurse at Roseland Community Hospital in Chicago, receives the COVID-19 vaccine on Dec. 18, 2020.
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Black people are skeptical about the new vaccines for many reasons. If public health leaders told the full story, maybe there'd be a higher chance that Black people would want to take the vaccine.
Francesca Passer, a registered pharmacist technician, carefully fills a syringe with the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 mRNA vaccine at a vaccine clinic during the COVID-19 pandemic in Toronto on Dec. 15, 2020.
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Employers could require their workers to get vaccinated against COVID-19 via both workplace policies and existing laws. Neither option, however, is simple or straightforward.
Juan Miranda receives a flu shot from Yadira Santiago Banuelos, family nurse practitioner, at the Family Health Clinic of Monon in Monon, Indiana.
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Millions of Latinos may not get the influenza shot this year, which could be an indicator of whether they will get a COVID-19 shot. A rural clinic shows how building trust can help overcome reluctance.
Ever since a 1904 revolt against the smallpox vaccine, Brazil has run extremely successful vaccination programs.
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A 1904 revolt against mandatory smallpox inoculation taught Brazilian health officials a deadly lesson on how to vaccinate a skeptical public. Today President Bolsonaro seems to ignore that history.
Teaching researchers and scientists communication skills — including social media proficiency — will help inform the public about new discoveries and research.
Budget cuts and outsourcing content have affected the amount and quality of science journalism. Scientists should learn to communicate their own findings directly and clearly to the public.
There are productive ways to talk to people you disagree with.
Think beyond facts to make your argument.
A man in San Pablo, California, gets a flu shot at a drive-through flu shot clinic Nov. 6, 2014.
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Many people object to the added ingredients in vaccines. But pharmacists explain why those fears are unwarranted.
In the age of social media, conspiracy theories are collective creations.
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Computational methods could help identify conspiracy theories as they emerge.
A lab technician sorts blood samples inside a lab for a COVID-19 vaccine study at the Research Centers of America in Hollywood, Fla., on Aug. 13, 2020.
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People who oppose vaccines often are dismissed as ignorant or naive. Failing to hear their concerns and address them may only be fueling vaccine resistance, however.
Experts from across The Conversation look at how COVID-19 vaccines will work, how they're being tested and manufactured, and what challenges there will be to rolling them out.
An 1801 etching of a dandified physician taking a lancet to a ‘dindonnade,’ a word signifying both ‘turkey’ and ‘hoax.’ It ridicules the smallpox vaccine, which takes fluid from an animal to insert into a human.
The history of anti-vaccination theories can help us understand how such claims capture a popular following. The same misinformation used against 19th century smallpox vaccine is still in use today.