1. Common Misinformation:
- In a recent YouTube video interview,
Dr. Bishwaroop Roy Chowdhury claims that the
aluminum that is commonly used adjuvant,
which is an ingredient used in some vaccines to help create a stronger immunological response in people, can
lead to autism. However, upon further
research, it has been found that such a research paper published first in the Journal of Inorganic
Biochemistry has been retracted owing to
incorrect methodologies and even fake data.
2. Over performing/common trends in the last week:
- CrowdTangle Insights from the
previous week shows a peak in interest in vaccinations in India. The news on UN Secretary-General
António Guterres’ praise on “Indian
vaccine making capacity as an asset to the world & the need of the hour” has overperformed by 41.67 times
- In the Southern media
especially among the Telugu channels, Upasana Kamineni Konidela, an eminent member of a Tollywood cinema
family, has taken the vaccine shot and has promoted
the safety and the efficacy of the vaccine. This post has overperformed by 49.12 times
in the past week. The ‘celebrity
effect’ is a prominent measure to influence people for vaccine uptake and combat vaccine
hesitancy. However, more data is required to substantiate the claim and assess the hypothesis of the celebrity effect; its causation, and correlation.
- The hashtags #LargestVaccineDrive and #United2FightCorona used by the Ministry of Health
and Family Welfare on various posts have been
trending but especially on Republic Day (January
26, 2020), the posts have overperformed by 179.22 times and 100.30 times.
3. On ground Surveys
on Vaccine Hesitancy:
- According to GOQii survey, 53%
of the approximately 11,000 respondents to GOQii COVID-19 – The Way Forward survey are unsure about taking
COVID-19 vaccine. More than 50 percent of India’s population is
expressing caution towards taking the vaccine.
The remaining 43 percent of
the respondents are not
sure and will only make a solid opinion post initial results about the effectiveness of the vaccine are revealed while 10 percent
are firmly against taking
the vaccine as of now.
- Gender Bias: There could be a gender bias, with female respondents to the survey reportedly more cautious than men with 48 percent of the male population
willing to get vaccinated while the female readiness
is around 42 percent.
- Age factor: Expectedly, with age, the
willingness to take the vaccine reduces. The older adults (45-60 years) and seniors (60+ years) segments are not as
ready as the younger age groups. This may be due to concerns about complications post taking it.
- Government Efforts: According to the COVID-19 Impact – In the Way Forward study, 50 percent of
the approximately 11000 respondents feel that the Central Government
initiatives have been effective in
curbing the spread of COVID-19 while 25 percent of the people surveyed
believe that the State Government
initiatives have been effective. Only 22 percent of citizens recognize
the efforts of the Local Government in terms of effectiveness.
Sources: Here, here, here, and here