Misinformation about the COVID-19 Vaccine on Twitter
With the COVID-19 pandemic still ongoing, researchers have developed vaccines to protect society from severe cases of COVID-19 similar to when the pandemic first took place. Despite the seemingly new information and technology behind these vaccines, COVID-19 is part of a larger family of Coronaviruses which scientists have spent years studying which allowed them to produce such vaccines in what seems like short notice. Despite all the research behind Coronaviruses and COVID-19, many in society fear these vaccines to cause negative and sometimes extreme symptoms based on conspiracy theories and misinformation which has spread through social media. This project focused on observing healthcare worker COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy in the media, specifically on the Twitter platform. Our project’s goals were to determine potential correlation between misinformation about the Covid 19 vaccine in social media and how it relates to healthcare workers’ display of vaccine hesitancy. This type of information is especially important for our society as the world continues to face the Covid 19 pandemic and researchers work to find a solution that will help our society. No final conclusions have been made with the current results obtained as this project is still ongoing, but the current data collected can help us look at possible opinions healthcare workers are sharing on the media about the COVID-19 vaccine and form theories as to how these opinions can influence people who interact with this information.