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Integrated analysis of online signals and insight generation about digital conversations on COVID-19 vaccines in Eastern and Southern Africa: a longitudinal analysis of social listening data
Silvia Sommariva (Sommariva, S.); Silvia Sommariva (Sommariva, S.); Helena Ballester Bon (Bon, H.B.); Helena Ballester Bon (Bon, H. B.); Helena Ballester Bon (Bon, Helena B.); Sofia de Almeida (de Almeida, S. ); Jenna Mote (Mote, J.); Jenna Mote (Mote, J.); Sijmen Brouwers (Brouwers, S.); Massimiliano Sani (Sani, M.); Natalie Fol (Fol, N.); et al.
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BMC Proceedings
Ano (publicação definitiva)
2023
Língua
Inglês
País
Reino Unido
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Abstract/Resumo
Background During the COVID-19 pandemic, social listening programs across digital channels have become an integral part of health preparedness and response planning, allowing to capture and address questions, information needs, and misinformation shared by users. This study identifies key social listening trends around COVID-19 vaccines in Eastern and Southern Africa and analyses how online conversations about this issue evolved over time. Methods A taxonomy developed and refined in collaboration with social and behaviour change teams was used to filter online conversations into nine subtopic categories. The taxonomy was applied to online content tracked in 21 countries in Eastern and Southern Africa over the period December 1, 2020—December 31, 2021. Metrics captured included volume of posts or articles and related user engagement. Qualitative analysis of content was conducted to identify key concerns, information voids and misinformation. Results Over 300,000 articles and posts about COVID-19 vaccines shared by users or outlets geolocated in the region were analysed. These results generated over 14 million engagements on social media and digital platforms. The analysis shows how conversations about access and availability of vaccines represented the largest share of engagement over the course of the period. Conversations about vaccine effectiveness and safety represented the second and third largest share of engagement, with peaks observed in August and November 2021. Online interest in childhood vaccination increased over time as vaccine eligibility criteria expanded in some countries in the region. Conversations mentioning mandates and certificates peaked in the last quarter of 2021, as governments as private sector entities expanded vaccine requirements. Conclusions Findings from this study show the importance of monitoring conversation trends over time and adjust social listening data collection systems to include emerging topics. The study also points to the need to consider concerns, information voids and misinformation around effectiveness and safety of vaccines in the context of overall concern for vaccine availability and access in Eastern and Southern Africa. This is fundamental to inform social and behaviour change strategies that promote vaccine demand effectively, without increasing public frustration over vaccine availability challenges and downplaying concerns around vaccine equity.
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Palavras-chave
  • Ciências Biológicas - Ciências Naturais
  • Medicina Clínica - Ciências Médicas
  • Outras Ciências Médicas - Ciências Médicas