How to overcome COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy: Build confidence and establish trust

The COVID-19 pandemic has spiraled out of control as a more contagious version of the virus spreads, increasing the urgency to quickly vaccinate as many people as possible. Just this week, Los Angeles County and Orange County designated Dodger Stadium and Disneyland as vaccination supersites. Yet polling over the last several months has shown that many Americans have safety concerns […]

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Hesitancy about a COVID-19 vaccine is linked to beliefs about origin of the virus

More than a third of people (34%) in Turkey and one sixth of people (17%) in the UK are ‘hesitant’ about a COVID-19 vaccine, according to a study by UCL and Dokuz Eylul University in Turkey. The research, published in the journal Psychological Medicine, asked over 5,000 participants in Turkey and the UK about their willingness to vaccinate for a […]

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Conspiracy theories and fear of needles contribute to vaccine hesitancy for many parents

Over 1,160 cases of measles have been confirmed in the U.S. in 2019. That is more measles cases in just seven months than any full year this decade, and, more problematically, more than all U.S. measles cases from 2010-2013 and 2015-2017 combined. Lawmakers in some states, such as Washington and New York, are already stepping in to combat the outbreak […]

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