Functional disorders after COVID-19 vaccine fuel vaccination hesitancy

Due to the dramatic spread of COVID-19, public health measures and a campaign of widespread distribution of vaccines against SARS-CoV-2 are among the most important priorities for many governments worldwide. Attitudes of people towards vaccination against SARS-CoV-2 can be basically split into three major categories. A first category includes people (60%–80% of the population) who are convinced that the benefits of vaccination outweigh its risks. A second category of people include irreducible anti-vaxxers, who have not changed their opinion even during the COVID-19 pandemic. A third group of people understand the advantages of vaccination, but are still undecided about undergoing vaccination. In the era of COVID-19 pandemic, many individuals have also to deal with the ‘infodemic’ challenge, a term coined by the WHO to refer to the ‘overabundance of information—some accurate and some not—that occurs during an epidemic’. Misinformation in social media and conspiracy beliefs about COVID-19 pandemic are now…

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