Coronavirus (955) What is the world doing about COVID-19 vaccine acceptance?

29 August, 2020

Extracts below, with thanks to Communication Initiative. Full text here:


Even before the COVID-19 crisis, the WHO declared vaccination hesitancy one of the Top 10 threats to global health in 2019... While many see a COVID-19 vaccine as the main route to restoring social and economic normalcy, a small minority of doubters could scupper the massive global effort to discover a vaccine and roll it out effectively.

There are studies, mostly in the US [United States], that show a lack of confidence in a COVID-19 vaccine. A May 2020 Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll found that 31% of Americans were unsure if they'd get vaccinated against COVID-19, with another one in five saying they would refuse the COVID-19 vaccine outright...

Experts have called the need to improve public health communication and health literacy as the number one recommendation out of six for government action to improve outbreak preparedness [PDF] and response...

Yale Institute for Global Health Director Saad Omar summarised key lessons around what works in addressing health misinformation, which is essential in addressing the persistence of anti-vaccine information. These are:

do not affirm a misperception,

avoid lingering on the myth,

connect to people's values,

account for the anticipatory behaviour,

focus on narratives, and

avoid false assurances...


Best wishes, Neil

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