97 Newspaper Framing of COVID-19 Vaccination in Nigeria
The researchers utilised a quantitative approach to investigate newspaper framing of COVID-19 vaccinations in Nigeria. This study was anchored on framing theory. The researchers adopted quantitative content analysis approach to the study of the frames in the coverage of vaccination against COVID-19 in select newspapers. The population of the study consists of 364 editions of the Vanguard and Punch newspapers between the 1st of July and December 31st, 2021. All issues were used for the analysis. The findings showed that the Vanguard newspapers in the period of analysis had 47.1%, while the Punch newspapers had 181 issue (52.9%). From the distribution of values, both newspapers were largely not neutral in the coverage of COVID-19 vaccination. The findings also showed a high tone of favouring vaccination. The researchers concluded that the newspapers reviewed provided greater salience to COVID-19 vaccination and were favourable to COVID-19 vaccination in their coverage. Thus, it was recommended that media outlets should adopt favourable coverage of vaccination to reduce vaccine hesitancy and encourage uptake.