Vacinar ou arriscar? A mensagem da Organização Mundial de Saúde para promover a vacinação contra a COVID-19

Translated title of the contribution: Vaccinate or taking chances? The World Health Organization’s message to promote vaccination against COVID-19

Sónia Silva*, Diogo da Silva Araújo, Fábio Ribeiro, Catarina Silva Araújo

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Focusing on the impact that risk communication issued by public health organizations brings to changing societal behaviors, this research aimed to analyze the key messages that the World Health Organization (WHO) has defined to promote the COVID-19 vaccination program. In order to achieve this goal, a qualitative study methodology was used to analyze the content published on the WHO’s Facebook and Instagram pages from April 1 to August 31, 2021. In total, 62 publications were analyzed. The results showed that the WHO used four key communication messages to promote the importance of vaccination in society: ensuring the credibility and transparency of the information transmitted; certifying the safety and efficacy of the vaccine; appealing to a sense of collective responsibility; and associating the vaccine with the solution to end the pandemic were the chosen communication axes. The conclusions of this study show that, although fair access to the vaccine is still a reality in the making, the fact that almost 70% of the world’s population has been vaccinated suggests that the messages sent by the WHO in the context of risk communication may have contributed to building a positive image of the vaccination program.

Translated title of the contributionVaccinate or taking chances? The World Health Organization’s message to promote vaccination against COVID-19
Original languagePortuguese
Article numbere220584pt
Number of pages18
JournalSaúde e Sociedade
Volume33
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2024

Keywords

  • Risk communication
  • Vaccination
  • WHO
  • COVID-19

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