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dc.contributor.authorThelwall, Mike
dc.contributor.authorKousha, Kayvan
dc.contributor.authorThelwall, Saheeda
dc.date.accessioned2021-03-31T14:14:18Z
dc.date.available2021-03-31T14:14:18Z
dc.date.issued2021-03-15
dc.identifier.citationThelwall, M., Kousha, K., & Thelwall, S. (2021). Covid-19 vaccine hesitancy on English-language Twitter. Profesional De La Información, 30(2), e300212. https://doi.org/10.3145/epi.2021.mar.12en
dc.identifier.issn1386-6710en
dc.identifier.doi10.3145/epi.2021.mar.12en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2436/624008
dc.description© 2021 The Authors. Published by EPI. This is an open access article available under a Creative Commons licence. The published version can be accessed at the following link on the publisher’s website: https://doi.org/10.3145/epi.2021.mar.12en
dc.description.abstractCovid-19 vaccine hesitancy seems likely to increase mortality rates and delay the easing of social distancing restrictions. Online platforms with large audiences may influence vaccine hesitancy by spreading fear and misinformation that is avoided by the mainstream media. Understanding what types of vaccine hesitancy information is shared on the popular social web site Twitter may therefore help to design interventions to address misleading attitudes. This study applies content analysis to a random sample of 446 vaccine hesitant Covid-19 tweets in English posted between 10 March and 5 December 2020. The main themes discussed were conspiracies, vaccine development speed, and vaccine safety. Most (79%) of those tweeting refusal to take a vaccine expressed right-wing opinions, fear of a deep state, or conspiracy theories. A substantial minority of vaccine refusers (18%) mainly tweeted non-politically about other themes. The topics on Twitter reflect vaccine concerns, but those stating vaccine refusal in non-political contexts may unsettle the wider Twitter network by reaching outside right-wing areas of Twitter.en
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dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherEdiciones Profesionales de la Informacion SLen
dc.relation.urlhttps://revista.profesionaldelainformacion.com/index.php/EPI/article/view/86322en
dc.subjectCovid-19en
dc.subjectvaccinationen
dc.subjectvaccine hesistancyen
dc.subjectvaccine refusersen
dc.subjectantivaxen
dc.subjectantivaxxersen
dc.subjectTwitteren
dc.subjectsocial mediaen
dc.subjectecho chambersen
dc.subjectmisinformationen
dc.subjectmisleading attitudesen
dc.subjectconspiraciesen
dc.subjectfearsen
dc.titleCovid-19 vaccine hesitancy on English-language Twitteren
dc.typeJournal articleen
dc.identifier.eissn1699-2407
dc.identifier.journalEl profesional de la informaciónen
dc.date.updated2021-03-29T18:47:30Z
dc.identifier.articlenumbere300212
dc.date.accepted2021-03-10
rioxxterms.funderUniversity of Wolverhamptonen
rioxxterms.identifier.projectUOW31032021MTen
rioxxterms.versionVoRen
rioxxterms.licenseref.urihttps://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/en
rioxxterms.licenseref.startdate2021-03-31en
dc.source.volume30
dc.source.issue2
dc.description.versionPublished online
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refterms.versionFCDVoR
refterms.dateFOA2021-03-31T14:14:19Z


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