Vaccine hesitancy and misinformation consumption and distribution among frontline healthcare workers
The consumption and distribution of misinformation is often associated with vaccine hesitancy. However, little is known about how frontline healthcare workers, such as nurses and doctors, may be contributing to the sharing of and support for misinformation in relation to COVID-19 vaccines. Given the public’s trust of healthcare workers, it is crucial to understand the potential influence and impact that their perspectives might have on public health interventions. The COVID-19 pandemic is an important example with wide relevance to other current and future infectious disease outbreaks.
This project brings together an international team of researchers from diverse subject backgrounds to strengthen our understanding of this phenomenon from the particular perspective of frontline healthcare workers in four countries –Brazil, Kenya, South Africa and the United Kingdom. Working with the University of Oxford’s new Pandemic Sciences Institute, the overarching aim is to provide timely and relevant empirical data that will strengthen both medical research and public health policy.
- To understand what are considered trusted sources of information on vaccination among frontline healthcare workers
- To understand the types of misinformation that are received, trusted and distributed by healthcare workers
- To explore the social and ethical tensions created by discerning different sources of information about vaccines
- To understand the historical contexts of vaccine hesitancy and the consumption and distribution of online misinformation
Amina Abubakar, Professor and Director, Institute for Human Development, Aga Khan University
Noémie Déom, Research Assistant, Rapid Research Evaluation and Appraisal Lab (RREAL), University College London
Siphephelo Dlamini, Clinical Research Nursing Manager, Africa Health Research Institute (AHRI)
Michelle Fernandez, Health Policy Researcher, University of Brasília
Sally Frampton, Humanities and Healthcare Fellow, Faculty of History, University of Oxford
Ethan Friedrich, DPhil Student, Faculty of History, University of Oxford
Fiona Groenhout, Research Projects Coordinator, Ethox Centre, University of Oxford
Patricia Kingori, Professor of Global Health Ethics, Ethox Centre, and Investigator, Pandemic Sciences Institute, University of Oxford.
Sam Martin, Senior Research Fellow, RREAL (Rapid Research Evaluation and Appraisal Lab), University College London
Paula Larsson, DPhil Student, Faculty of History, University of Oxford
Gustavo Matta, Full Researcher in Public Health and Coordinator of Zika Social Sciences Network at Fiocruz
Neetha Morar, Senior Research Manager, HIV and other Infectious Diseases Research Unit (HIDRU), South African Medical Research Council
Nothando Ngwenya, Social Science Faculty member, AHRI
Busi Nkosi, Social Science Research Associate, AHRI
Sabina Odero, Researcher, Aga Khan University
Ester Paiva, Public Health Researcher, Oswaldo Cruz Foundation
Samantha Vanderslott, University Research Lecturer, Oxford Vaccine Group, University of Oxford
This research is funded by a grant from the John Fell Fund (ref 0010504).