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Study Reveals Vaccine Confidence Declined Considerably During COVID-19 Pandemic


“A new study suggests that vaccine confidence has declined significantly since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.” [Source: Medicalexpress.com]


Published in the medical journal Vaccine, this study conducted two anonymous online surveys – one in 2019, the other in 2022 – to investigate public perspectives on the practice of vaccination and the factors that might underpin hesitancy and refusal. Questioning an overall total of 1,009 participants, the researchers found there was a decline in vaccine confidence following the COVID-19 pandemic irrespective of the participants’ gender, age, graduate status, ethnicity, and religious belief. Only around 1 in 5 of those questioned in 2022 suggested that their confidence in vaccines had actually increased since the pandemic.

In the case of the mRNA form of COVID-19 vaccines, the decline in vaccine confidence is hardly surprising. Serious side effects now attributed to these injections include severe liver damage; very low platelet counts (thrombocytopenia); high rates of severe, potentially life-threatening allergic reactions (anaphylaxis); inflammation of the heart muscle (myocarditis); blood clots (thrombosis); and even death. With analysis by British Medical Journal senior editor Peter Doshi and colleagues showing the Pfizer and Moderna mRNA COVID-19 vaccines are statistically more likely to cause serious adverse events than they are to prevent hospitalization, it is long since time that their use should have been suspended.

To read our in-depth analysis of the risks of COVID-19 vaccines, see this article by Dr. Rath and Dr. Aleksandra Niedzwiecki on our website.