Nature: Rather than inducing psychological reactance, requiring vaccination strengthens intentions to vaccinate in US populations

Nature: Rather than inducing psychological reactance, requiring vaccination strengthens intentions to vaccinate in US populations. “In a survey and three experiments (one preregistered with a nationally representative sample), we examined if vaccination requirements are likely to backfire, as commonly feared. We investigated if relative to encouraging free choice in vaccination, requiring a vaccine weakens or strengthens vaccination intentions, both in general and among individuals with a predisposition to experience psychological reactance. In the four studies, compared to free choice, requirements strengthened vaccination intentions across racial and ethnic groups, across studies, and across levels of trait psychological reactance. The results consistently suggest that fears of a backlash against vaccine mandates may be unfounded and that requirements will promote COVID-19 vaccine uptake in the United States.”

Washington Post: When local reporters resist vaccination mandates, everyone in town hears about it

Washington Post: When local reporters resist vaccination mandates, everyone in town hears about it. “These journalists aren’t much different from other workers who have opposed employee vaccination mandates, whether in health care, law enforcement, education or any other field — except for one thing: They’re among the best-known people in their communities as a result of beaming into homes for years or even decades. Because of their high profiles, the fired journalists have captured local headlines and in some cases have become heroic figures to local vaccine resisters.”

Route Fifty: Most Americans Resumed Risky Activities Before Covid-19 Vaccines Came Out

Route Fifty: Most Americans Resumed Risky Activities Before Covid-19 Vaccines Came Out. “A new study identifies various factors that played a role in the resumption of risky travel and leisure behaviors during the pandemic. After months of lockdowns and quarantines, many Americans were eager to return to normal activities, even as public health experts continued to warn the public that the Covid-19 pandemic was not over.”

New York Times: New York City Mandates Vaccines for Its Workers to ‘End the COVID Era’

New York Times: New York City Mandates Vaccines for Its Workers to ‘End the COVID Era’. “New York City took one of its most aggressive steps yet to increase vaccination rates in a city that was once the epicenter of the pandemic, requiring almost every member of the nation’s largest municipal workforce to get vaccinated by the end of the month or lose their paychecks.”

PsyPost: Negative perceptions of COVID-19 decreased intensively on Twitter after the vaccination campaign started

PsyPost: Negative perceptions of COVID-19 decreased intensively on Twitter after the vaccination campaign started. “An in-depth analysis of more than 120m Twitter posts across the globe has shown that users’ perception of the Covid-19 pandemic became less negative as it has progressed. In a paper published to Frontiers, its authors found a significant decrease in negativity in countries which rolled out extensive vaccination programs, such as the US, the UK, and Canada.”

Poynter: WHO database is not proof that COVID-19 vaccines are harmful

Poynter: WHO database is not proof that COVID-19 vaccines are harmful. “Anti-vaccination groups and COVID-19 skeptics typically use the data from databases like the WHO’s as proof that the vaccines are harmful to people, according to The New York Times. In many cases, the unconfirmed reports are misinterpreted by the groups as fact. PolitiFact has checked similar claims that used the United States’ Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System and the European Union’s EudraVigilance database as evidence of the danger of COVID-19 vaccines.”

Covid: WHO warns pandemic will drag on deep into 2022 (BBC)

BBC: Covid: WHO warns pandemic will drag on deep into 2022. “The Covid pandemic will ‘go on for a year longer than it needs to’ because poorer countries are not getting the vaccines they need, the World Health Organization (WHO) says. Dr Bruce Aylward, senior leader at the WHO, said it meant the Covid crisis could ‘easily drag on deep into 2022’. Less than 5% of Africa’s population have been vaccinated, compared to 40% on most other continents.”

Washington Post: White House unveils plans to roll out coronavirus vaccines for children ages 5 to 11

Washington Post: White House unveils plans to roll out coronavirus vaccines for children ages 5 to 11. “The White House on Wednesday announced its plan to roll out coronavirus vaccines for children ages 5 to 11, pending the vaccine’s approval by federal health officials, which the Biden administration anticipates will happen within weeks. White House officials said they have secured enough doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech pediatric vaccine for the country’s 28 million children in that age group and have been working with local jurisdictions to make sure they will be ready to distribute and administer the shots for free.”

New York Times: California Accounts for 12% of U.S. Students, but Only 1% of Covid School Closures

New York Times: California Accounts for 12% of U.S. Students, but Only 1% of Covid School Closures. “Of the 2,321 nationwide school closures since August because of Covid-19, about 1 percent have been in California — even though the state accounts for 12 percent of the nation’s K-12 students, according to data from Burbio, a technology company that monitors outbreaks. So some parents may be wondering: If masking, testing and other prevention strategies are working so well, why is the state adding an immunization requirement?”

Tennessean: Travis Tritt cancels shows at venues that require COVID-19 vaccines, negative tests, masks

Tennessean: Travis Tritt cancels shows at venues that require COVID-19 vaccines, negative tests, masks. “Travis Tritt has canceled shows at venues requiring masks, proof of COVID-19 vaccinations or a negative test. The country singer and songwriter announced the move Monday, which triggered the cancellation of four upcoming shows in Muncie, Indiana; Philadelphia, Mississippi; Peoria, Illinois; and Louisville, Kentucky.”

CNN: Pfizer vaccine is 93% effective in preventing Covid-19 hospitalization among adolescents, CDC study finds

CNN: Pfizer vaccine is 93% effective in preventing Covid-19 hospitalization among adolescents, CDC study finds. “The Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine is 93% effective in preventing hospitalization due to Covid-19 among children ages 12 to 18, according to a study by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Vaccine effectiveness differed only slightly within that age group, with 91% effectiveness for children age 12 to 15 and 94% effectiveness for those age 16 to 18.”

COVID-19 and pregnancy: Women regret not getting the vaccine (Associated Press)

Associated Press: COVID-19 and pregnancy: Women regret not getting the vaccine. “Since the pandemic began, health officials have reported more than 125,000 cases and at least 161 deaths of pregnant women from COVID-19 in the U.S., according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And over the past several months, hospitals and doctors in virus hot spots have reported a sharp increase in the number of severely ill pregnant women. With just 31% of pregnant women nationwide vaccinated, the CDC issued an urgent advisory on Sept. 29 recommending that they get the shots.”

Opinion: Distinguished persons of the week: Defying anti-mandate nuttiness (Washington Post)

Washington Post: Opinion: Distinguished persons of the week: Defying anti-mandate nuttiness. “Companies as diverse as BlackRock, McDonald’s, Cisco, IBM, Citigroup, CVS and Goldman Sachs have instituted some form of vaccine mandate. So have Google and Walmart. Many universities have done so as well — even before Biden announced the federal directive. Businesses have received a lot of criticism lately for reneging on promises not to fund candidates who participated in the violent insurrection or for equivocating on voting rights. When they do act responsibly, risking the ire of state officials and vengeful MAGA politicians, they should be applauded. In defying the MAGA death cult, business leaders are demonstrating what ‘pro-life’ actually means.”