The Truck: A COVID-19 prevention campaign on wheels

The Truck is a multi-media messenger on wheels traveling South Africa and broadcasting local stories about how COVID-19 has affected people’s lives. Accompanied by trained community engagement teams, the joint effort is a vital communication intervention creating awareness about COVID-19 prevention methods while combatting misinformation and myths about the virus.

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    Vaccine hesitancy: Perspective from the global polio eradication program in Balochistan

    Polio is 99% eradicated but remains endemic in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Following the COVID-19 pandemic, vaccine hesitancy and refusals have become a worldwide phenomenon. In this blog post, the author lists several reasons why people refuse vaccines.

    Source: Vaccine hesitancy: Perspective from the global polio eradication program in Balochistan

      Digitized COVID-19 Training for Health Workers

      In response to the COVID-19 pandemic UNICEF, with the help of funding from Johnson & Johnson, US Centers of Disease Control and the Office of US Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA), has sourced and digitzed a health worker training content library that can be deployed on a variety of digital channels, including SMS, Social Media Messaging Apps (i.e., WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Viber, Telegram), and other app-based learning management systems.

      This resource will equip frontline health workers with the knowledge and skills needed to continue to provide preventative and promotive community services, to conduct risk communication and community engagement, and to support community-based surveillance. Health workers on the ground are supported with accurate and digestible messaging that they can readily deploy in their communities.

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        Associations of COVID-19 risk perception with vaccine hesitancy over time for Italian residents

        Many countries were and are still struggling with the COVID-19 emergency. Despite efforts to limit the viral transmission, the vaccine is the only solution to ending the pandemic. However, vaccine hesitancy could reduce coverage and hinder herd immunity.

        The study followed the main phases of the emergency in Italy, investigating the intention to get vaccinated against flu and against SARS-CoV-2 (if a vaccine was available) before, during and after the first national lockdown, covering the period from the end of February to the end of June 2020. We investigated the effect of risk perception and other predictors on the decision of getting vaccinated.

        Source: Associations of COVID-19 risk perception with vaccine hesitancy over time for Italian residents

          Overcoming vaccine hesitancy in low-income and middle-income regions

          Vaccine hesitancy is prevalent in all demographic groups and settings; however, it remains vastly understudied in low-income and middle-income regions. Successful strategies to address hesitancy require an understanding of regional, cultural, and economic factors, and tailored training of health-care professionals. Vaccine confidence crises should be addressed swiftly. Further research is needed to optimize approaches.

          Source: Overcoming vaccine hesitancy in low-income and middle-income regions

            Trends in COVID-19 Vaccine Acceptance in the Philippines and their Implications on Health Communication

            UNDP Philippines, in close collaboration with the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) and the financial support of The Rockerfeller Foundation, has commissioned this research titled, “Trends in COVID-19 Vaccine Acceptance in the Philippines and Their Implications on Health Communication”, to deepen our understanding of the factors behind vaccine acceptance in Philippines.

            In this research, we applied innovative methodologies to generate insights for community mobilization and social behavior change communication (or SBCC) interventions, which could be an effective strategy in addressing vaccine acceptance. The report generated significant insights related to the level of vaccine acceptance, factors that determine the change in behavior and identified strategic communication messaging cues.

            Source: Trends in COVID-19 Vaccine Acceptance in the Philippines and their Implications on Health Communication

              Psychological characteristics associated with COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy and resistance in Ireland and the United Kingdom

              Identifying and understanding COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy within distinct populations may aid future public health messaging. Using nationally representative data from the general adult populations of Ireland and the United Kingdom, we found that vaccine hesitancy/resistance was evident for 35% and 31% of these populations respectively. Vaccine hesitant/resistant respondents in Ireland and the UK differed on a number of sociodemographic and health-related variables but were similar across a broad array of psychological constructs.

              Source: Psychological characteristics associated with COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy and resistance in Ireland and the United Kingdom

                Exploring the Behavioral Determinants of COVID-19 Vaccine Acceptance among an Urban Population in Bangladesh: Implications for Behavior Change Interventions

                While vaccines ensure individual protection against COVID-19 infection, delay in receipt or refusal of vaccines will have both individual and community impacts. The behavioral factors of vaccine hesitancy or refusal are a crucial dimension that need understanding to implicate appropriate interventions. The aim of this study was to assess the behavioral determinants of COVID-19 vaccine acceptance and to provide recommendations to increase the uptake of COVID-19 vaccines in Bangladesh.

                Source: Exploring the Behavioral Determinants of COVID-19 Vaccine Acceptance among an Urban Population in Bangladesh: Implications for Behavior Change Interventions

                  Shame Gets a Failing Grade for Health Promotion

                  Is it helpful to use shame for health promotion? The impulse is certainly strong. Shame and blame have been consistent threads through years of grappling with the health impact of obesity. Along the same line, we’re seeing shame and blame trotted out for the unvaccinated in the U.S. as a the Delta variant produces a surge in COVID-19 cases.

                  Shame is a very natural response in some circumstances. But experience and some data suggest that shame does not work as a very robust tool for health promotion.

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                    Demand Creation for COVID-19 Vaccination

                    There is an urgent need to create demand in groups that are either uninformed, vaccine hesitant, or actively resistant to COVID-19 vaccination. This study reviews theory, evidence, and practice recommendations to develop a vaccine demand creation strategy that has wide applicability. Specifically, we focus on key elements including supply side confidence, vaccine brand promotion strategy, service marketing as it relates to vaccine distribution, and competition strategy.

                    Source: Demand Creation for COVID-19 Vaccination