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How to Address COVID-19 Vaccine Misconceptions

COVID-19 Public Education Campaign from the United States Department of Health and Human Services

An initiative to increase confidence in COVID-19 vaccines and reinforce basic prevention measures

During the COVID-19 pandemic, many people have been exposed to information that is false, inaccurate, or misleading. Misconceptions about the COVID-19 vaccines have caused confusion and led people to decline vaccines, reject public health measures such as masking and physical distancing, and use unproven treatments.

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Combating COVID-19 vaccine misinformation

As part of a comprehensive effort to combat misinformation about COVID-19 and the vaccines that are being released to fight it, NLP (News Literacy Project) created this resource page.

It includes free resources for educators, students and the general public, along with links to authoritative sources of health information. You’ll also find tips, tools and quizzes to build news literacy skills that will last long after this public health crisis abates.

We are refreshing the content of this page periodically. Follow us on social media for timely updates.


Guidance for addressing a global infodemic and fostering demand for immunization

Misinformation threatens the success of vaccination programs across the world. Unicef, First Draft, Yale Institute for Global Health, and PGP (The Public Good Projects) have partnered to create the Vaccine Misinformation Management Field Guide. This guide aims to help organizations to address the global infodemic through the development of strategic and well-coordinated national action plans to rapidly counter vaccine misinformation and build demand for vaccination that are informed by social listening.

NYT: The Most Influential Spreader of Coronavirus Misinformation Online

From the New York Times (please see this FAQ about getting access to through the library): Researchers and regulators say Joseph Mercola, an osteopathic physician, creates and profits from misleading claims about Covid-19 vaccines.


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