PETALING JAYA: In an effort to battle misinformation on the Covid-19 vaccine, several countries have provided incentives for their people to get the jab while others have set up special task forces to counter the false information online.
In Australia, the Guardian reported the government has set up a “mythbusting unit” to address misinformation surrounding the Covid-19 vaccine on social media.
The Australian government, on its official site, has a Covid-19 mythbusting page that addresses all manner of Covid-19 fake news.
In the United States, to encourage vaccinations, public-private partnerships are established, with businesses offering incentives to those who have been fully vaccinated.
According to the New York Times, Krispy Kreme provides one free doughnut per day to anyone who has been vaccinated while Chobani gives out free yoghurt at some vaccination sites.
A few employers in the US also incentivise their workers to get the jab by giving them monetary perks ranging from extra bonuses to a one-off payment.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has also come up with various fact sheets on the Covid-19 vaccine to ensure that reliable information is distributed to the public. In the fact sheets, the CDC presents the myths and facts as well as addresses safety issues.
Meanwhile, according to the Times of Israel, the Israeli Health Ministry has strengthened its digital task force to counter misinformation by having a command centre that monitors social media activity for anti-vaccination posts.
The ministry works closely with physicians and religious leaders to disseminate factual information while also enlisting Israeli social-media influencers to promote its immunisation campaign.
To ramp up vaccinations, the authorities provide free food amid a party-like atmosphere to attract people to the vaccination centres.
Israelis are also incentivised to get the vaccine, with those who have been fully immunised being able to visit museums, libraries and concert venues.