How are Covid-19 vaccine booster shots being covered on television news? The timeline below shows total mentions of booster shots across BBC News London, CNN, MSNBC and Fox News since the start of the pandemic, showing a slight uptick in February 2021, with mentions accelerating in July.
CNN has mentioned booster shots the most and Fox News the least.
Looking at the total airtime in which booster shots were mentioned somewhere in the onscreen text, CNN has mentioned boosters over more than 25.7 hours of airtime to date, followed by BBC News London with 19.4 hours, MSNBC with 15.3 hours and Fox News at 7.7 hours.
Worldwide online news coverage mentioning boosters took off in November 2020 when the first vaccine efficacy data was announced and have surged since July 2021.
Turning to Google Trends, the timeline below shows US-based search interest in booster shots, showing a slight bump in April 2021 and a steady rampup since June, peaking the week of August 15th, falling and then leveling off as the public awaits the US Government's final decision on booster eligibility.