Research brief: Barriers to COVID-19 prevention behaviors in Côte d’Ivoire

This research brief, available in both English and French, summarizes the results of a qualitative study examining barriers to a range of COVID-19 prevention behaviors early on in the COVID-19 pandemic in late 2020.

The study included individual interviews (IDIs) with COVID-19 survivors, individuals who lost a family member to the disease, and health workers. Focus group discussions (FGDs) were also conducted with members of the general population to explore social norms and community perceptions related to COVID-19.

Source: Research brief: Barriers to COVID-19 prevention behaviors in Côte d’Ivoire

Journalistic routines as factors promoting COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy in Pakistan

COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy has reportedly been rising in polio-stricken Pakistan. Prior research reports a variety of contributing factors including information sources, particularly the newspapers readers generally consult to stay abreast of vaccine roll-out developments. This viewpoint article argues that three commonly practised journalistic routines – as explicated by Tandoc and Duffy – are promoting COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy among Urdu-language newspaper readers in Pakistan.

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    Perceptions of COVID-19 vaccines in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire: Synthesis of a qualitative study

    This document summarizes the results of a qualitative research done on perceptions related to COVID-19 vaccines in 2020, before the introduction of vaccines in Cote d’Ivoire in 2021. A “3C” model (Confidence, convenience, and complacency) was used to classify the major determinants of intention to be vaccinated in a population of adult residents of Abidjan.

    Source: Perceptions of COVID-19 vaccines in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire: Synthesis of a qualitative study

    • Jorie Nana
    • mnana@jhu.edu

    Misinformation: an empirical study with scientists and communicators during the COVID-19 pandemic

    The objective of this study was to study the experiences and views within the health science community regarding the spread and prevention of science misinformation within and beyond the setting of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Source: Misinformation: an empirical study with scientists and communicators during the COVID-19 pandemic

      High Rates of COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy and Its Association with Conspiracy Beliefs: A Study in Jordan and Kuwait among Other Arab Countries

      The aim of this study was to assess the attitudes towards the prospective COVID-19 vaccines among the general public in Jordan, Kuwait and other Arab countries. We also aimed to assess the association between COVID-19 vaccine acceptance and conspiracy beliefs.

      Source: High Rates of COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy and Its Association with Conspiracy Beliefs: A Study in Jordan and Kuwait among Other Arab Countries

        ‘To get or not to get vaccinated against COVID-19’: Saudi women, vaccine hesitancy, and framing effects

        Two hundred thirty-two female Saudi students are exposed to either pro- or anti-vaccination messages. In Experiment 1, they are asked to read semi-artificial news stories, and in Experiment 2 political cartoons. The results show that readers of the news articles, but not of the cartoons, are susceptible to framing effects. We consider the implications of how issues are framed for journalists and health professionals.

        Source: ‘To get or not to get vaccinated against COVID-19’: Saudi women, vaccine hesitancy, and framing effects

          Reports of Nervousness, Depression, Food Insecurity, and Financial Insecurity in Low- and Middle-Income Countries

          Understanding the extent of pandemic-related psychological and economic distress in LMICs can help inform the planning and provision of mental health and social support services.  This research brief presents trends in reported nervousness, depression, food insecurity, and financial insecurity in 21 Low and Middle Income Countries from June through September 2021.

          Trends are based on a secondary analysis of data from the COVID-19 Trends and Impact Survey, generated by the University of Maryland Social Data Science center in collaboration with Facebook’s Data for Good Initiative Analysis.

          Source: Reports of Nervousness, Depression, Food Insecurity, and Financial Insecurity in Low and Middle-Income Countries

            Persuasive messaging to increase COVID-19 vaccine uptake intentions

            Widespread vaccination remains the best option for controlling the spread of COVID-19 and ending the pandemic. Despite the considerable disruption the virus has caused to people’s lives, many people are still hesitant to receive a vaccine. Without high rates of uptake, however, the pandemic is likely to be prolonged. ScienceDirect used two survey experiments to study how persuasive messaging affects COVID-19 vaccine uptake intentions.

            Source: Persuasive messaging to increase COVID-19 vaccine uptake intentions

              A self-administered virtual reality intervention increases COVID-19 vaccination intention

              Effective interventions for increasing people’s intention to get vaccinated are crucial for global health, especially considering COVID-19. ScienceDirect devised a novel intervention using virtual reality (VR) consisting of a consultation with a general practitioner for communicating the benefits of COVID-19 vaccination and, in turn, increasing the intention to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

              Source: A self-administered virtual reality intervention increases COVID-19 vaccination intention