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COVID-19 misinformation linked to vaccination hesitancy, refusal

Misinformation posted online about the COVID-19 vaccine was associated with hesitancy toward inoculation and lower vaccination rates in some geographical areas of the United States, according to a paper written by a team of researchers including Irsay Co-Director Brea Perry.

“Online misinformation is linked to early COVID-19 vaccination hesitancy and refusal,” published April 26 in the journal Nature Scientific Reports, also found that counties whose residents were more hesitant to receive vaccinations were more likely to have a higher number of Republican voters or Black residents.