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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The next vaccine breakthrough: Health experts identify ways to help people trust a coronavirus vaccine

The pharmaceutical companies Pfizer and BioNtech announced Nov. 20, 2020, that they will seek emergency use authorization from the Food and Drug Administration for a vaccine to prevent COVID-19. On Nov. 16, Moderna announced that a vaccine it has been working on has been shown to be close to 95% effective. But no vaccine will be anywhere nearly that effective […]

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Can you trust COVID-19 test results?

Every time we write about new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in Colorado, some variation of the same objection comes in: we’re making too much of nothing. At first, it was that COVID-19 is no worse than flu. That’s been thoroughly debunked, as the new coronavirus caused more hospitalizations and deaths than any flu season in recent memory — though for […]

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People use, trust different COVID-19 information sources depending on gender, age, and other factors

Gender, age, education level, and political affiliation predict where people turn for information about COVID-19—and what sources they use and trust is linked to differing beliefs about the pandemic, according to a new study by NYU School of Global Public Health researchers. The findings—drawn from surveys of more than 11,000 U.S. adults during the first few months of the pandemic—are […]

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