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How to deal with COVID19 vaccine hesitancy

COVID 19 vaccine hesitancy is real. It hurts. With Omicron, vaccine hesitancy has become a major roadblock. The problem has gone viral very much like the COVID19 spread. What is COVID 19 vaccine hesitancy? Vaccine hesitancy refers to situations when someone either refuses or delay getting the CVODI19 vaccines. Vaccine…

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COVID-19 can be airborne – Reframe your messages

Evidence is growing that COVID-19 can transmit through the air. Need evidence?  Julian W Tang et al.’s BMJ article dissects the evidence. Furthermore, governments are changing their health education messages accordingly. In this video clip, the Canadian government are now promoting adequate ventilation as a method of reducing transmission. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZZjTT4nrWu4&t=24s

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social norms
Posted in Behavioral theories message framing

How social norms shape our behavior – I

You must have been into a library; you stay silent. That is a classic social norm example. Another common one is littering. As we all know social norms can either be socially desirable or socially undesirable. Every day we adhere to social norms that are an array of unwritten sets…

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Do your part – stay apart; more relevant now

This message becomes more relevant now than before with the growing presence of the COVID 19 variants. The new variants are more transmissible; for example, the UK variant is said to be 56 percent more transmissible than the original COVID 19 virus. What does that mean? It means if the…

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Message framing effect on vaccine hesitancy-II

In 2018 I explored the message framing effect on measles vaccine hesitancy among the US population. In that post, I highlighted the Hendrix et al. (2014) finding that more parents were modestly persuaded to vaccinate their children when the benefits to the child were emphasized when compared to the standard…

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Cover your mouth AND the nose

Cover youth mouth AND nose

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“Plastic Bag”; a short film by Ramin Bahrani

“They told me it’s out there: The Pacific Vortex. Paradise”; The “Plastic bag” anticipates his destiny through Werner Herzog’s voice. “No one needs me here anymore, Not even my Maker”; the “Plastic bag” laments while observing the sunset on the beach. “He” is about to dive into the deep ocean…

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Extended Parallel Process Model
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Extended Parallel Process Model (EPPM)

This model helps us to evaluate the extent to which a message achieves its intended goal. What is the Extended Parallel Process Model (EPPM)? The EPPM forces us to look at the message from the message recipient’s point of view. The message recipient process it in two stages; first. recipient…

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Elaboration Likelihood Model -in-practice

I wrote a post earlier to introduce the Elaboration Likelihood Model (ELM). This post discusses how Brian Flynn et al. (2011) applied this model in the public health field. The researchers studied how US grade 7-8 students processed anti-smoking messages using this model. Studying how grade 7 – 8 students…

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Got milk?
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“Got milk?” and “Got Polio?: Me Neither

When I saw this, it reminded me of another famous advert with a similar narrative. It was aimed at increasing milk consumption among US consumers in the past: “Got Milk?”. “Got Milk?” was one of the most famous US campaigns. Jeff Manning, the Executive Director for the California Milk Board…

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