EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENT AND PUBLIC HEALTH
Letter to Editor

Towards National Health Recovery: Call for Intensified Science-based Information Campaigns on Vaccines against COVID-19 in the Philippines

European Journal of Environment and Public Health, 2022, 6(1), em0090, https://doi.org/10.21601/ejeph/11262
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ABSTRACT

Vaccine refusal has been a recurring situation that transpires both in mainstream and social media for over a decade even up to this day. With the goal towards national health recovery, this editorial letter calls for science-based information campaigns on vaccines against COVID-19 in all possible venues. It discusses the background from which the call is grounded, theoretical arguments that explain people’s intention behavior, and the importance of information campaigns. This call hopes to increase COVID-19 vaccine literacy programs and encourage high vaccine acceptance and intention among Filipinos.

KEYWORDS

COVID-19 vaccine science-based information campaigns health recovery vaccine acceptance

CITATION (Harvard)

Rotas, E. E. (2022). Towards National Health Recovery: Call for Intensified Science-based Information Campaigns on Vaccines against COVID-19 in the Philippines. European Journal of Environment and Public Health, 6(1), em0090. https://doi.org/10.21601/ejeph/11262
APA
Rotas, E. E. (2022). Towards National Health Recovery: Call for Intensified Science-based Information Campaigns on Vaccines against COVID-19 in the Philippines. European Journal of Environment and Public Health, 6(1), em0090. https://doi.org/10.21601/ejeph/11262
Vancouver
Rotas EE. Towards National Health Recovery: Call for Intensified Science-based Information Campaigns on Vaccines against COVID-19 in the Philippines. EUROPEAN J ENV PUBLI. 2022;6(1):em0090. https://doi.org/10.21601/ejeph/11262
AMA
Rotas EE. Towards National Health Recovery: Call for Intensified Science-based Information Campaigns on Vaccines against COVID-19 in the Philippines. EUROPEAN J ENV PUBLI. 2022;6(1), em0090. https://doi.org/10.21601/ejeph/11262
Chicago
Rotas, Erwin E.. "Towards National Health Recovery: Call for Intensified Science-based Information Campaigns on Vaccines against COVID-19 in the Philippines". European Journal of Environment and Public Health 2022 6 no. 1 (2022): em0090. https://doi.org/10.21601/ejeph/11262
MLA
Rotas, Erwin E. "Towards National Health Recovery: Call for Intensified Science-based Information Campaigns on Vaccines against COVID-19 in the Philippines". European Journal of Environment and Public Health, vol. 6, no. 1, 2022, em0090. https://doi.org/10.21601/ejeph/11262

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