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Episode 4 ¦ COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy, Disinformation and Misinformation

15:26, Wed 1 Feb 2023

In the fourth podcast of the series, Professor Tom Sorell from the University of Warwick speaks to Henry Tuck and Aoife Gallagher from the Institute for Strategic Dialogue. They discuss online disinformation about vaccines and the different relations between disinformation and outright vaccine opposition, as opposed to vaccine scepticism and vaccine hesitancy. Among the questions addressed: what is the difference between being exposed to misinformation and being influenced by it? In what sense are the vaccine sceptical and vaccine opposed led to their views by online “research”? What are the different effects of private and public online discussion groups on the formation of vaccine- hesitant, vaccine-sceptical and vaccine-opposed views. Is it better or worse for public health and the accuracy of public discussion if the vaccine-sceptical and vaccine-opposed are driven from mainstream online platforms to fringe platforms?

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Episode 3 ¦ Vaccine Hesitancy among Pregnant Women

16:05, Tue 15 Nov 2022

In the third episode of our podcast series, Dr Joshua Kelsall from the University of Warwick speaks to Dr Helen Skirrow, a clinical research fellow and public health specialist registrar at Imperial College London. They discussed Covid vaccine hesitancy and confidence among pregnant women in the UK. Vaccine hesitancy among pregnant women is multi-factored. Key reasons for hesitancy included a lack of availability of vaccines, conflicting sources of information about the safety and efficacy of vaccines for pregnant women, as well as women’s considerations of their obligations as mothers and parents, which are sometimes not taken seriously by doctors. Women are more likely to get vaccinated after pregnancy rather than during pregnancy. It was also noted that hesitancy among pregnant women is generally stronger among vulnerable groups, where difficulties in accessing vaccines become more prevalent. Dr Skirrow’ research was drawn from the following study on pregnant women’s views and experiences with covid-19 vaccines during the pandemic:

Women's views and experiences of accessing pertussis vaccination in pregnancy and infant vaccinations during the COVID-19 pandemic: A multi-methods study in the UK - ScienceDirect

You can also view Dr Skirrow’s presentation slides from her contribution to our Vaccine Hesitancy and Disinformation Workshop here.

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Episode 2 ¦ Vaccine Hesitancy among Healthcare Workers

15:12, Tue 15 Nov 2022

In the second episode of our podcast series, Professor Tom Sorell from the University of Warwick speaks to Dr Mayuri Gogoi, a research associate at University of Leicester. They discussed Covid vaccine hesitancy among ethnic minority health care workers in the UK. Vaccine hesitancy was related to attitudes toward the National Health Service (NHS) as employer: career advancement for ethnic minorities was considered slower and this affected general trust in the NHS from health care workers, including trust in the vaccine. The poor provision of Personal Protective Equipment for health care workers by the NHS was another source of distrust concerning the vaccine. Dr Gogoi points out that vaccine hesitancy is compatible with taking the vaccine under pressure, and that many health care workers were vaccine hesitant though vaccine compliant. Dr Gogoi’s research was drawn from a large study called UK Reach, which was principally concerned with poorer health outcomes for ethnic minorities during the Covid pandemic.

Dr Gogoi reported on her findings from UK Reach at a presentation in June 2020. Her presentation can be found here.

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Episode 1 ¦ Understanding Vaccine Hesitancy Among Racial Minority Groups

14:53, Tue 15 Nov 2022

In this first episode of our video podcast series, Professor Tom Sorell from the University of Warwick speaks to Professor Shaun Treweek from the University of Aberdeen. The discussion centres on differences in vaccine hesitancy between UK ethnic minority groups that might otherwise seem to be similar. Higher rates of hesitancy are traced to, among other things, racist hostility of the majority UK population toward some minorities; the anti-immigrant policy of at least one previous UK government; and the tendency of some members of minority groups in the UK to adopt attitudes toward take-up from their countries of origin. More assimilated ethnic groups in the UK tended to have a higher take-up of the vaccine.

The interview with Prof. Treweek follows up on a presentation he gave in June 2022 to a workshop on research findings about Covid-vaccine hesitancy among a range of different groups from the UK population.

Shaun's presentation can be found here.

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