Debates around the efficacy and dangers of vaccination have taken on critical importance with the covid pandemic and with WHO naming vaccine hesitancy as a major global health threat. With electronic and social media replacing traditional news outlets for many people, we explore how writers use two types of blog, academic and journalistic, to promote key public health messages around the effectiveness and necessity of Covid-19 vaccinations to a broad and heterogeneous audience. Examining 120 Covid-19 vaccination themed posts from reputable news and academic blog sites, we compare the different ways writers present a stance and take a position towards vaccines and vaccinations in these different interactional contexts. Findings show that both types of bloggers are clearly aware the need to convey a stance towards their topic and audiences and feel entitled to position themselves in relation to vaccination issues, but with different emphasises. The study thus has important implications for how healthcare information is disseminated and persuasion accomplished in these public arenas of discourse.
|Journal||International Journal of Corpus Linguistics|
|Publication status||Accepted/In press - 3 Aug 2023|