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In JMIR research protocols ; h5-index 26.0

BACKGROUND : The COVID-19 pandemic generated an explosion in the amount of information shared online, including false and misleading information on the virus, and recommended protective behaviours. Prior to the pandemic, online mis- and disinformation were already identified as having an impact on people's decision to refuse or delay recommended vaccination for themselves or their children.

OBJECTIVE : The overall aim of this study is to better understand the influence of online mis- and disinformation on COVID-19 decisions and investigate potential solutions to reduce the impact of online mis- and disinformation about vaccines.

METHODS : Based on different research approaches, this study involves 1) the use of artificial intelligence techniques, 2) a online survey, 3) interviews and, 4) a scoping review and an environmental scan of the literature.

RESULTS : As of September 1st, 2022, data collection is completed for all objectives. Analysis is being conducted and results should be disseminated in the upcoming months.

CONCLUSIONS : Findings from this study will help understand the underlying determinants of vaccine hesitancy among Canadian individuals and identify effective tailored interventions to improve vaccine acceptance among them.


Dube Eve, MacDonald Shannon E, Manca Terra, Bettinger Julie A, Driedger S Michelle, Graham Janice, Greyson Devon, MacDonald Noni E, Meyer Samantha, Roch Geneviève, Vivion Maryline, Aylsworth Laura, Witteman Holly, Gélinas-Gascon Félix, Marques Sathler Guimaraes Lucas, Hakim Hina, Gagnon Dominique, Béchard Benoît, Gramaccia Julie A, Khoury Richard, Tremblay Sébastien