MSU co-authored study: 10 insights to reduce vaccine hesitancy on social media

Young Anna Argyris, associate professor in the Michigan State University Department of Media and Information, is part of an international team studying the detrimental effects of vaccine misinformation on social media and interventions that can increase vaccine uptake behaviors.

Study Could Help Clear Up Confusion and Hesitancy Surrounding RSV Vaccines

Efforts to vaccinate vulnerable populations against respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) faced an uphill battle this season. However, now a new study by researchers at New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine (NYITCOM) could help to combat RSV vaccine misinformation and quell vaccine…

COVID-19 Vaccination Reduced Disease Disparities Between Low- and High-Income Communities

COVID-19 vaccination helped reduce disparities in disease incidence between low- and high-income communities, according to a new analysis led by Cedars-Sinai investigators.

Vaccine hesitancy predicts future COVID-19 vaccine side effects

The precise relationship between vaccine hesitancy and COVID-19 vaccination side effects has not previously been explored in vaccinated persons. A fundamental question arises in regard to the directionality of this vaccine hesitancy-vaccine side effect link, namely which variable predicts which. One possibility is that side effects from an earlier dose predict one’s vaccine hesitancy towards a later dose. Alternatively, one’s psychological negativity (hesitancy) towards an earlier dose could predict subsequent side effects from a later vaccination dose. The latter direction reflects a Nocebo effect, i.e., side effects driven by psychological factors rather than by an active treatment component. Results showed only the latter direction to be true. Namely, only earlier vaccine hesitancy towards the second COVID-19 dose predicted subsequent nocebo side-effects following the booster vaccination. To put this in perspective up to 16% of one’s vaccine side effects were explained by earlier va

COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy rates are up to 88% among adolescents in some sub-Saharan African countries, often because of concerns over safety and efficacy

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Kids and the COVID-19 Vaccine: Eleven Key Questions Answered

With the vaccine for children ages 6 months and older approved, the experts at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles provide guidance for families. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone approved to receive a COVID-19 vaccine get one—including children ages 6 months and older.

Fear of Side Effects, Including Rheumatic Disease Flares, Driving COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy Among Some Patients

New research presented this week at ACR Convergence, the American College of Rheumatology’s annual meeting, shows that in Alabama, one in 10 racial or ethnic minority patients with a rheumatic disease in a large rheumatology clinic said they were unlikely to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

For people of color in L.A., misinformation, past injustices contribute to vaccine hesitancy

New UCLA research finds that misinformation and politicization, awareness of past injustices involving medical research, and fears about the inequitable distribution of vaccines all contributed to hesitancy to be vaccinated among Los Angeles’ People of Color.

Study Explores Disparities in COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy and Potential Ways to Reduce It

A new study co-authored by a researcher at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School identified behavioral patterns associated with reluctance among some adults for taking the COVID-19 vaccine. The study, conducted among adults in China, suggests that information about the vaccination behaviors of people whom one personally knows can be more influential in changing the individual’s vaccine hesitancy than information about vaccine use among the general public.

Survey: Despite Similar Levels of Vaccine Hesitancy, White People More Likely to Be Vaccinated Than Black People

White people are more likely to have been vaccinated than Black people despite similar levels of vaccine hesitancy, or saying they are very unlikely to get a vaccine. Therefore, access to vaccines and other factors could be limiting vaccination efforts, according to a new, nationally representative study from the Tufts University Research Group on Equity in Health, Wealth and Civic Engagement.

Public health experts hit the road to address barriers to vaccination for children in Texas

Every year the World Health Organization recognizes the last week of April as World Immunization Week – a time to celebrate the millions of lives saved and the eradication of multiple diseases because of vaccines. However, access to vaccines is still a barrier for many children in our community, so public health experts with The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) are hitting the ground to bring lifesaving immunizations directly to them.

Most young people eager for COVID-19 vaccine, poll shows

As older teens and young adults become eligible for COVID-19 vaccination across the country, and younger teens await their turn, new survey data suggest a strong readiness that has grown since fall. But just as with older generations, a shrinking but still sizable minority of people age 14 to 24 say they’re not willing to get vaccinated, or that their decision will depend on safety.

New Report: Vaccine Hesitancy and Acceptance Among Parents

A new report shows parents are more vaccine hesitant and resistant than non-parents (in terms of willingness to vaccinate themselves) across all socioeconomic and demographic groups compared. This pattern is largely driven by younger mothers, who are far more vaccine resistant than younger women who are not mothers. Older parents and fathers show little difference from their non-parent peers.

Equitably Allocating COVID-19 Vaccine

Equitable implementation of COVID‐19 vaccine delivery is a national and global priority, with a strong focus on reducing existing disparities and not creating new disparities. But while a framework has been recognized for equitable allocation of COVID‐19 vaccine that acknowledges the rights and interests of sexual and gender minorities (SGM), it fails to identify strategies or data to achieve that goal.

Black dean of UAB School of Medicine able to discuss COVID health inequities, vaccine hesitancy in minority populations

Selwyn Vickers, M.D., dean of the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine and leading expert in health disparities and inequities, is able to comment on: Why minority populations are experiencing vaccine hesitancy How minority populations have disproportionately been…

How to talk to patients of color about the COVID-19 vaccine amid hesitancy and mistrust

A new Annals of Internal Medicine editorial co-authored by a University of Chicago Medicine health disparities researcher offers practical tips for clinicians to discuss the COVID-19 vaccine with patients of color who may be hesitant to get vaccinated.

George Washington University Public Health/Medical Experts Available for Media Interviews on COVID-19 Vaccine

On Dec. 17, a U.S. Food and Drug Administration panel is expected to review the data on the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, paving the way for approval. Researchers at the George Washington University led one of the 100 clinical sites testing…

George Washington University Public Health/Medical Experts Available for Media Interviews on the COVID-19 Pandemic

Public health experts predict the United States may be headed for thousands of new COVID-19 cases and deaths this winter, a surge that is already straining health care systems around the country. The George Washington University has the following experts…