Young adults’ preferences for influenza vaccination campaign messages: Implications for COVID-19 vaccine intervention design and development

This study aims to investigate young adults’ preferences for seasonal influenza vaccination campaigns to inform effective intervention design and development (e.g., COVID-19 vaccination).

Source: Young adults’ preferences for influenza vaccination campaign messages: Implications for COVID-19 vaccine intervention design and development

    ‘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

      Vaccine Acceptance Across Twenty Low- and Middle-Income Countries Insights from the COVID Behaviors Dashboard

      This brief focuses on vaccine acceptance in countries identified as priority by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to aid in vaccine distribution and planning.

      Source: Vaccine Acceptance Across Twenty Low- and Middle-Income Countries Insights from the COVID Behaviors Dashboard

        Basic Psychosocial Skills: Training for COVID-19 Responders

        This is a new free online course on Basic Psychosocial Skills has been made available by the WHO CC UTS. The Basic Psychosocial Skills online Training is a FREE program for those affected by the pandemic designed to build resilience and mental health wellbeing for first responders and frontline health staff.

        Source: Basic Psychosocial Skills: Training for COVID-19 Responders

          Rules of communication during the COVID-19 pandemic

          This is an electronic article published in an English news portal from Nepal on 13 June 2021. The articles argues that the communication during this global crisis is no longer just about getting people to abide by public health measures. The division within the society created by the secondary impacts of COVID-19 requires a broader communication strategy which takes into consideration the need to bridge the bonds between state and the citizen and between citizens themselves. The article outlines five fundamental rules of communication to be applied to COVID-19 response in Nepal which are

          • Rule 1: communication is a mindset.
          • Rule 2: communication is trust.
          • Rule 3: communication is respect.
          • Rule 4: communication is data.
          • Rule 5: communication is self-reflection.

          Source: Rules of communication during the COVID-19 pandemic

            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.

            Source: The Truck: A COVID-19 prevention campaign on wheels

              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.

                Source: Digitized COVID-19 Training for Health Workers

                  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