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The first annual report for JITSUVAX is out now

The research project "JITSUVAX" publishes its first annual report.

Since starting the project in 2021, the international research team were involved in over 76 media pieces around Europe and has jointly published over 20 peer-reviewed articles and gave over 37 scientific talks.

The main objective of JITSUVAX is to minimise misinformation about vaccination, and therefore aims to train healthcare professionals - including argumentative training - to communicate more effectively with patients.

A sub-project is also being carried out at the University of Erfurt under the direction of Prof. Dr. Cornelia Betsch. Research associates are Dr. Philipp Schmid and Frederike Taubert, who is a doctoral student at work in JITSUVAX:

As vaccinations are a simple way to protect people from serious infections, rising vaccine hesitancy is a threat to the global health. One cause of this hesitancy can be found in the spread of conspiracy theories related to vaccines. Therefore, within my phD project I want to investigate why people refuse vaccinations, how this vaccination hesitancy is related to conspiracy theories and how the influence of conspiracy theories can be weakened to increase the willingness to vaccinate.

A total of 3.1 million Euros in funding from the EU's Horizon 2020 framework programme for research and innovation is available for this until March 2025. Professor Stephan Lewandowsky from the University of Bristol is coordinating the overall project. Other partners are the University of Cambridge (United Kingdom), the University of Turku (Finland), the Observatoire Régional de la Santé (France) and the University of Coimbra (Portugal).


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