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Media Advisory: UC Davis LIVE on Combating Vaccine Misinformation Online

By Andy Fell on January 25, 2021 in Human & Animal Health

* Jan. 28, 11 a.m. — Even as vaccines for COVID-19 become more widely available, surveys show that some people may refuse them, often based on misinformation spread over social media. How can public health authorities best combat this kind of misinformation? 

Join us Jan. 28 to hear from two UC Davis experts in communication who have studied some of the myths around vaccination and ways to fight misinformation. 

  • Jingwen Zhang is an assistant professor of communication at UC Davis. Her research interests are in health promotion, social influence and interventions through online communications networks. 
  • Magdalena Wojcieszak is a professor of communication at UC Davis. She is interested in how the changing media environment creates both opportunities and challenges for informed publics, tolerant citizenry and responsive governance.  

Zhang and Wojcieszak are coauthors on study pubiished earlier this month on how best to combat vaccine misinformation on social media.

The conversation, hosted by Soterios Johnson, will be streamed live on FacebookYouTube and Twitter beginning at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 28.  

Questions can be submitted via Facebook and Twitter either in advance or during the show.

Media contact(s)

Andy Fell, News and Media Relations, 530-752-4533, ahfell@ucdavis.edu

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