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Addressing Misinformation

Misinformation is a key driver of vaccine hesitancy — but some debunking strategies can actually reinforce harmful myths. Follow these tips to squash false claims about vaccines:

The truth sandwich in action

If you’re trying to address the myth that COVID-19 vaccines can affect a woman’s fertility, you could say:

“There’s no evidence that getting a COVID-19 vaccine can affect your ability to have kids. There’s been confusion about this because of a false report that spread on social media. The report said that getting a COVID-19 vaccine could cause a woman’s body to attack the wrong spike protein — one that’s related to pregnancy. But the spike protein on the coronavirus and the one related to pregnancy are completely different, and your body knows that. If you want to learn more, I can point you to some resources.”

Make a plan to fight misinformation

There's no one-size-fits-all approach to mythbusting — so use a mix of strategies that make sense for your campus community. You can: