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.
INTERNATIONAL REGISTERED REPORT : DERR1-10.2196/41012.
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