The COVID-19 vaccines bring the promise of a global rescue from the coronavirus pandemic; however, building people’s confidence in these new vaccines seems to be a herculean task. Myths and misinformation are arising online through social media.
Due to the high demand for information and a short supply of credible sources, people may tend to fill the void with misinformation and conspiracy theories. However, vaccine hesitancy cannot be simplified as exposure to misinformation only. Boosting confidence in the COVID-19 vaccines requires a multilevel approach through working with policy makers, health workers, the public health workforce, media, and governments, among other key stakeholders.
Professors Ethel Maciel, Julie Leask and Anna Odone will discuss myths and misinformation surrounding COVID-19, as well as the best approaches and leverages to build confidence in vaccination. This webinar, chaired by Dr Michael Moore and Dr Marta Lomazzi, will discuss facts versus misconceptions and disinformation and will provide health professionals with the skills and tools to counter those false myths, perform effective advocacy with policy makers, and sustain people and community engagement.