Vector or mRNA? Pfizer BioNTech, AstraZeneca, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson? Which COVID-19 vaccine would you like to get vaccinated, if there was a choice? The attitudes of Poles to COVID-19 vaccines are being checked by scientists from Poznań. Anyone who has not yet been vaccinated against the coronavirus can complete the survey.

The study is conducted by scientists from the Department of Environmental Medicine, Medical University of Karol Marcinkowski in Poznań, and their main goal is to define the attitude to various types of vaccines among people who want to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

As explained by Dr. hab. Piotr Rzymski, the attitude to vaccinations is influenced by a number of factors, including level of knowledge and understanding of the meaning of vaccination, previous experience with immunization, general level of confidence in science and health behavior, and even political or religious beliefs

– In the case of vaccination against COVID-19, there are several additional factors, including application of innovative technologies in the production of preparations. Although both the mRNA platform, used, for example, in the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, and the vector technology in the case of Astra Zeneki, have been the subject of various studies for a long time, most heard about them only during the pandemic – says Dr. Peter of Rome.

 In addition, the vaccination program is flashing all over the world, and the media reports – often too sensational – about the accompanying events. It was enough the reports of two cases of anaphylactic shock in UK healthcare workers to worsen anxiety. We hear about new variants of the coronavirus and some people are starting to doubt the sense of vaccination. In France, it was enough that 1.5 percent. medics could not come to work after receiving the first dose of the Astra Zeneka vaccine, so that there were voices that it was a vaccine worse than those developed using mRNA technology, he adds.

As emphasized by dr hab. Piotr Rzymski, we also live in a time of widespread use of social media, which, apart from positive aspects, e.g. in the context of spreading information relevant to a pandemic, also use algorithms aimed at increasing our attention and the time spent on them.

– As a result, social media very often promote controversial, unreliable or untrue materials – it does not matter to them, the most important thing is that users read and comment. This also spreads vaccination myths, which really can’t be fought unless social media starts to solve the problem. Because today, in the age of the Internet, they are the messengers of untruth and anxiety – emphasizes the expert.

To take part in the survey, all you need to do is complete the anonymous questionnaire, which is AT THIS ADDRESS .

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