Special Issue "Restoring Ethical and Effective Communication about Vaccination"

A special issue of Vaccines (ISSN 2076-393X). This special issue belongs to the section "COVID-19 Vaccines and Vaccination".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 June 2023 | Viewed by 523

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Arri Eisen
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Guest Editor
Department of Biology, Institute for the Liberal Arts, Emory University, Atlanta, GA 30322, USA
Interests: epigenetics; bioethics; science education; bioethics education; cell biology
Dr. Odaro John Huckstep
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Guest Editor
United States Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, CO 80840, USA
Interests: cardiovascular disease; cardiovascular risk; lifestyle health; education; infectious diseases; bioethics

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues, 

Vaccination, a topic that had long been neglected in the broader public interest, found itself in the midst of a vigorous and polarized debate during the COVID-19 pandemic. Much emphasis has been placed on particular positions and policies regarding vaccination. However, as both the masses and health professionals deal with fatigue, frustration, and challenges to their trust, it is time to reemphasize how we communicate, as much or more than what we communicate. Time is of the essence, as there is an urgent need for a range of new vaccinations—there are already warnings of a ‘tripledemic’ of COVID-19, flu, and respiratory syncytial virus this year—which may become part of 21st century life and beyond. Similarly, we must restore focus and momentum on vaccine development against globally important diseases such as malaria and viral hemorrhagic fevers. In this Special Issue, we invite data, insights, exploration, and reflection from across biomedical, social science, and humanities disciplines on this ethical imperative—to restore trust and, with it, health. To find out more about the manuscript types allowed and requirements for each, please visit the following link: https://www.mdpi.com/about/article_types.

Prof. Dr. Arri Eisen
Dr. Odaro John Huckstep
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Keywords

  • communication
  • ethical
  • vaccination
  • autonomy
  • public health

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Qualitative Conceptual Content Analysis of COVID-19 Vaccine Administration Error Inquiries
Vaccines 2023, 11(2), 254; https://doi.org/10.3390/vaccines11020254 - 24 Jan 2023
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The launch of the COVID-19 vaccination program was the largest vaccination campaign in U.S. history, with an unprecedented demand for vaccine and new vaccination providers, warranting significant education and communication efforts. NIP-INFO ([email protected]) is the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) immunization [...] Read more.
The launch of the COVID-19 vaccination program was the largest vaccination campaign in U.S. history, with an unprecedented demand for vaccine and new vaccination providers, warranting significant education and communication efforts. NIP-INFO ([email protected]) is the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) immunization inquiry response service, and it receives inquiries for COVID-19 and routine non-COVID vaccines. A qualitative analysis of NIP-INFO’s content was performed to better characterize and understand some of the knowledge gaps and reasons that COVID-19 vaccine administration errors occur. A total of 734 COVID-19 vaccine administration error inquiries were received between January 2021 and April 2022. The most frequent inquiries related to storage (n = 191; 26.0%), incorrect dosage or product (n = 190; 25.9%), unauthorized age group (n = 108; 14.7%), and schedule (n = 105; 14.3%). Training and communication strategies are imperative to ensure proper vaccine administration and build and maintain vaccine confidence. Full article
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