A third of people in the UK have seen conspiracy theories discouraging against getting a coronavirus vaccine, a study suggests.
Many of these false anti-vaccination messages were shared on social media, according to research by King’s College London and Ipsos Mori.
The report found 34% of people surveyed had seen antivax messages, while around 40% of people who get their information from platforms such as WhatsApp or YouTube were more likely to believe conspiracy theories about COVID vaccines.
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Young people who got a lot of their information from social media were more likely to believe conspiracies.
Around 15% of those studied said they believe a vaccine is only being developed to make money for pharmaceutical companies, with this number rising to 39% of those who get a lot of information from WhatsApp and 37% from YouTube.
Experts fear disinformation could undermine efforts to vaccinate the population after the UK became the first western country to rol