VARN2022: Shaping Global Vaccine Acceptance with Localized Knowledge

We are pleased to present the findings and insights stemming from the Sabin Vaccine Institute’s inaugural Vaccination Acceptance Research Network (VARN) conference, held virtually between March 1-3, 2022.

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    Cote d’Ivoire Easter COVID ‘Vaccinate Before Travel’ Campaign

    In Côte d’Ivoire, this news report shares about an innovative strategy to accelerate COVID-19 vaccination coverage through targeting Easter travelers.  Easter is a time of heavy travel; regional celebrations known as Paquinou are organized.  Large public gatherings/mass movement make this a high-risk period for transmission. the center of the country.

    The strategy promoted ‘vaccinate before travel’ and included pop up vaccination promotion to encourage travelers to get vaccinated before traveling.  This link includes a campaign report, a TV News report and Campaign images.

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      Understanding the behavioural and social drivers of vaccine uptake

      This is the first position paper to be published by WHO on the behavioural and social drivers (BeSD) of vaccine uptake. It summarizes the development of new tools and indicators to assess the BeSD of vaccine uptake for childhood and COVID-19 vaccination, enabling decision-makers on immunization policy, programme managers, and partners to address under-vaccination through an enhanced understanding of the underlying causes.

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        How to Conduct a Rapid Community Assessment

        Rapid community assessment (RCA) is a process for quickly collecting community insights about a public health issue in order to inform program design. The assessment involves reviewing existing data and conducting community-based interviews, listening sessions, observations, social listening, and surveys.

        The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is pleased to share an assessment guide and tools for those who wish to better understand their community’s needs regarding COVID-19 vaccine acceptance and uptake among adults, adolescents, and children.

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          Social listening supports COVID-19 Communication response in the Philippines

          USAID Breakthrough ACTION worked with the Philippines’ Department of Health and Evident Marketing Communications to set up social listening scans on COVID-19 information, prevention and treatment, and vaccine confidence. These scans help DOH navigate shifting narratives and counter misinformation and disinformation while promoting COVID-19 prevention behaviors. They are also useful for decision-making and evaluation and helpful in documenting lessons learned to continuously improve SBC approaches.

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            Association of community engagement with vaccination confidence and uptake: A cross-sectional survey in Sierra Leone, 2019

            The 2014-2016 Ebola epidemic disrupted childhood immunization in Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea. After the epidemic, the Government of Sierra Leone prioritized community engagement to increase vaccination confidence and uptake. To support these efforts, we examined potential drivers of vaccination confidence and uptake in Sierra Leone.

            Source: Association of community engagement with vaccination confidence and uptake: A cross-sectional survey in Sierra Leone, 2019

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              Menstruation and COVID-19 vaccination

              The aim of this study is to measure whether or not the COVID-19 vaccines causes changes in women’s menstrual cycle or unexpected vaginal bleeding.

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                Trust and willingness towards COVID-19 vaccine uptake: a mixed-method study in Ghana, 2021

                On the account of limited doses of COVID-19 available to the country, the Government of Ghana created a priority list of persons to target for its vaccination agenda. In this paper, we look at trust and how it informs willingness to take the COVID-19 vaccine among persons targeted for the first phase of COVID-19 vaccination program in Ghana.

                Source: Trust and willingness towards COVID-19 vaccine uptake: a mixed-method study in Ghana, 2021

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                  Real time assessment (RTA) UNICEF’s ongoing response to COVID-19 in eastern and southern Africa

                  This real time assessment (RTA) of UNICEF support to COVID-19 vaccine demand promotion in the eastern and southern African region (ESAR) is based on qualitative research in four countries: Ethiopia, Rwanda, South Africa, and South Sudan. The aim is to support UNICEF’s reflection on its ongoing work on COVID-19 vaccine demand promotion (success factors and challenges) and to draw lessons.

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                    Planning for a COVID-19 vaccination campaign in New Zealand: trust, affective and cognitive attitudes, and COVID-19 vaccine intention

                    Building public trust and willingness to vaccinate against COVID-19 is as important as developing a safe and effective vaccine to contain the pandemic. Based on the theory of planned behaviour and trust heuristic, this study tests factors associated with COVID-19 vaccination intentions using a national sample survey of the New Zealand public.

                    Source: Planning for a COVID-19 vaccination campaign in New Zealand: trust, affective and cognitive attitudes, and COVID-19 vaccine intention

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