Major themes identified from social media, news, and other sources that may impact vaccine confidence:
- Some consumers, news outlets, and medical professionals are concerned about the availability and eligibility requirements of the updated (also known as bivalent) COVID-19 booster dose.
- Consumers have questions and concerns about the safety of the updated COVID-19 booster dose, especially given reports of a lack of human trial data for the currently authorized formulation prior to being authorized.
- Consumers have questions and concerns about the effectiveness of the updated COVID-19 booster dose, as well as if it is even needed.
- Some health experts question whether combined messaging to promote uptake of both updated COVID-19 boosters and seasonal influenza vaccine is a helpful strategy.