Research brief: Barriers to COVID-19 prevention behaviors in Côte d’Ivoire

This research brief, available in both English and French, summarizes the results of a qualitative study examining barriers to a range of COVID-19 prevention behaviors early on in the COVID-19 pandemic in late 2020.

The study included individual interviews (IDIs) with COVID-19 survivors, individuals who lost a family member to the disease, and health workers. Focus group discussions (FGDs) were also conducted with members of the general population to explore social norms and community perceptions related to COVID-19.

Source: Research brief: Barriers to COVID-19 prevention behaviors in Côte d’Ivoire

Journalistic routines as factors promoting COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy in Pakistan

COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy has reportedly been rising in polio-stricken Pakistan. Prior research reports a variety of contributing factors including information sources, particularly the newspapers readers generally consult to stay abreast of vaccine roll-out developments. This viewpoint article argues that three commonly practised journalistic routines – as explicated by Tandoc and Duffy – are promoting COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy among Urdu-language newspaper readers in Pakistan.

Source: Journalistic routines as factors promoting COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy in Pakistan

    Opinion leaders in Malawi promoting the COVID-19 vaccine

    Three opinion leaders were featured in the social posters: Bishop Martin Mtumbuka of Roman Catholic – Karonga Diocese, Honorable Fred Kazombo, MP and Deputy Speaker of Parliament, and Sheikh Omar Nkachelenga of Blantyre Islamic Movement. Social media posters are in the Chichewa language.

    Source: Opinion leaders in Malawi promoting the COVID-19 vaccine

    • Katie Rodriguez
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    COVID-19 Communication Strategy India

    This strategy will serve as guidelines for implementation of National, state and District communication activities providing information on the COVID-19 vaccines and vaccination process to people across the country to generate awareness and to improve acceptance and uptake of vaccine.

    The document will address issues of vaccine eagerness, vaccine hesitancy, provide information on new COVID-19 vaccines and reiterate to continue adherence to COVID appropriate behavior. It will also develop trust and greater confidence of people in vaccine by managing myths and misinformation.

    Source: COVID-19 Communication Strategy India

      ‘Learn from the lessons and don’t forget them’: identifying transferable lessons for COVID-19 from meningitis A, yellow fever and Ebola virus disease vaccination campaigns

      Low and middle-income countries (LMICs) have significant experience implementing vaccination campaigns to respond to epidemic threats but are often hindered by chronic health system challenges. We sought to identify transferable lessons for COVID-19 vaccination from the rollout of three vaccines that targeted adult groups in Africa and South America: MenAfriVac (meningitis A); 17D (yellow fever) and rVSV-ZEBOV (Ebola virus disease).

      Source: ‘Learn from the lessons and don’t forget them’: identifying transferable lessons for COVID-19 from meningitis A, yellow fever and Ebola virus disease vaccination campaigns

        WHO Vaccine Equity Information Page

        This page, on the World Health Organization’s website, explains that we need to prioritize vaccinating higher risk people and health care workers in middle to low-income countries in order to save as many lives as possible and to end the pandemic.

        Source: WHO Vaccine Equity Information Page

          COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy Among PLWH in South India: Implications for Vaccination Campaigns

          India recently experienced an unprecedented transmission surge, likely fueled by a premature reopening, the highly transmissible delta variant, and low vaccination rates. Indian media have reported high degrees of vaccine hesitancy, which could interfere with efforts to prevent future surges, making it crucial to better understand the reasons for such reluctance in vulnerable populations, such as people living with HIV.

          Source: COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy Among PLWH in South India: Implications for Vaccination Campaigns

            Involve us in COVID-19 vaccination campaigns, religious leaders tell State

            This news article from Kenya explains that religious leaders also wish to become involved in the country’s campaign to increase COVID-19 vaccine uptake.

            Source: Involve us in COVID-19 vaccination campaigns, religious leaders tell State

              Strategies for Building Confidence in the COVID-19 Vaccines

              Public engagement and effective communication through clear, transparent messaging will play a central role in building confidence in the COVID-19 vaccines. This rapid expert consultation describes a variety of public engagement and communication strategies that can be implemented at the national, state, and local levels to change patterns of interaction with the public, address hesitancy about the vaccines, and build trust.

              Source: Strategies for Building Confidence in the COVID-19 Vaccines

                COVID-19: Silencing health workers, researchers, and journalists caused unnecessary deaths, says Amnesty International

                Governments are causing unnecessary covid-19 deaths by trying to silence healthcare workers, journalists, and researchers, Amnesty International has said.

                By clamping down on freedom of expression they have damaged peoples’ ability to access accurate and timely information to help them respond to the global health crisis, the human rights group said in a report Silenced and Misinformed: Freedom of Expression in Danger During COVID-19. Simultaneously, big tech has amplified the reach of inaccurate and dangerous information.

                Source: COVID-19: Silencing health workers, researchers, and journalists caused unnecessary deaths, says Amnesty International