Preventing COVID-19 vaccine misinformation, especially in Spanish-speaking communities

Jacksonville, FL. — Misinformation on social media can go unchecked, especially in Spanish.

So, we’re sharing ways you can avoid falling for false rumors.

If you’re online, chances are you’ve seen some COVID-19 vaccine misinformation.

But it can especially affect our Spanish-speaking community.

300 people went to Shepperd of the Woods Lutheran Church to get vaccinated on Saturday and Sunday.

Many of the people we spoke to did not speak English, but they do trust science to steer them in the right direction.

Liliana de Miranda and her mom Lilian got vaccinated together.

“I feel proud, very grateful for this opportunity,” Liliana told us in Spanish.

Liliana, who is bilingual, spends a lot of time on social media, where sees a lot of false rumors.

“There are people who think that this is targeting minority groups for experiments,” she said.

She points out she’s had to vet her info closely.

“I try to see which information is based in science, not just what I see on Twitter or Instagram and I look for official news sources or statements from people who work in the medical field.”

According to the human rights non-profit Avaaz, 71% of misinformation on Facebook was flagged in English, versus 30% in Spanish.

Dr. Jose Rivas says that’s why it’s important to listen to the professionals.

“There is scientific information that has been validated and based on this, we are launching this vaccination campaign. It’s always important to speak with a doctor,” he emphasized.

So, Liliana recommends staying vigilant online.

“You can’t always trust what you see on social media,” she said.

You should always consult with your doctor regarding any concern, or simply check out the CDC’s website.

They have an entire section dedicated to FAQ’s, you can find that here.