Early Outlook of Public Perception on Covid-19 Booster Shots


The Covid-19 pandemic, which began in late 2019, is still ongoing. Several vaccines are available in the United States, and booster doses for all adults have been approved. However, a significant proportion of people are still afraid to get vaccinated against Covid-19. The goal of the study was to detect the emotions and topics of discussion on Twitter around the COVID-19 booster shots. The emotion and common topics were discovered using sentiment analysis and topic modeling approaches. The results suggest that the public has a negative perception of booster shots in general. Positive themes include gratitude to science for vaccines and encouraging people to get vaccinated. The negative themes concern those who are dissatisfied with the government's handling of the pandemic, as well as blame the unvaccinated for the spread of the virus.

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