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A coordinated strategy to develop and distribute infographics addressing COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy and misinformation.

Rotolo SM, Jain S, Dhaon S, Dokhanchi JK, Kalata E, Shah T, Mordell LJ, Clayman ML, Kenefake A, Zimmermann LJ, Bloomgarden E, Arora VM. A coordinated strategy to develop and distribute infographics addressing COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy and misinformation. Journal of the American Pharmacists Association : JAPhA. 2022 Jan 1; 62(1):224-231.

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BACKGROUND: Visual communication strategies are becoming increasingly prevalent for conveying information to health professionals as well as to the general public. The potential of social media for rapid knowledge dissemination using infographics was recognized early in the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic by health professionals. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to describe a coalition of health professionals' approach to developing infographics about COVID-19 vaccines and the reach and engagement of those infographics when shared through social media. METHODS: Infographics were created by a core team within the coalition following a stepwise approach. Each underwent a multistep review process, readability evaluation, and translation into Spanish. Infographics were then shared through multiple social media platforms. They were grouped into 1 of 3 categories for this analysis: COVID-19 vaccine series, myth debunkers, or other. RESULTS: All infographics had greater outreach, impressions, and engagement on Twitter than they did on other platforms. When comparing the 3 groups, no 1 infographic type was consistently performing higher than the others. CONCLUSION: Each infographic reached thousands to tens of thousands of people. We do not know whether those who viewed these infographics changed their perspective on vaccination, so we are unable to draw a conclusion about their impact on vaccine hesitancy based on this study alone.

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