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.

        Source: Shame Gets a Failing Grade for Health Promotion

          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

            Generating acceptance and demand for COVID-19 vaccines

            The WHO has created tools that were designed to respond to these challenges and support planning and implementation for COVID-19 vaccination. They offer practical guidance on a range of areas – from planning, to data gathering and evaluation, to specific strategies for community engagement and managing rumours and misinformation.

            Source: Generating acceptance and demand for COVID-19 vaccines

              Behavioural nudges increase COVID-19 vaccinations

              Enhancing vaccine uptake is a critical public health challenge. Overcoming vaccine hesitancy and failure to follow through on vaccination intentions requires effective communication strategies. Here we present two sequential randomized controlled trials to test the effect of behavioural interventions on the uptake of COVID-19 vaccines.

              Source: Behavioural nudges increase COVID-19 vaccinations

                Change in Anti-COVID-19 Behavior and Prejudice against Minorities during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Longitudinal Evidence from Five European Countries

                In a three-wave longitudinal study in five European countries from April to October 2020, the authors employed a latent change score model to distinguish between intra- and inter-individual changes in anti-COVID-19 behavior and prejudice.

                Source: Change in Anti-COVID-19 Behavior and Prejudice against Minorities during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Longitudinal Evidence from Five European Countries

                  Sustained behavior change is key to preventing and tackling future pandemics

                  Investment in research and programs to discover and apply the principles that underpin sustained behavior change is needed to address the continuing threat from COVID-19 and future pandemics and will require collaboration among behavioral, social, biomedical, public-health and clinical scientists.

                  Source: Sustained behavior change is key to preventing and tackling future pandemics

                    Integrating Gender into the COVID-19 Vaccine Response: A Technical Brief

                    Many gender-related barriers impact immunization services, including access to, and uptake of, COVID- 19 vaccination. These barriers can include social norms; access to education; ability to make decisions and control resources; health provider attitudes, biases, and preferences; inequitable policies, laws, and regulations; and governance and stakeholder engagement. Failure to address these factors will impede achieving widespread vaccine uptake and greater community protection.

                    This technical brief focuses on recommendations to integrate gender perspectives in COVID-19 vaccine promotion efforts as part of the overall risk communication and community engagement (RCCE) response.

                    This technical brief is also available in French and Spanish.

                    Source: Integrating Gender into the COVID-19 Vaccine Response: A Technical Brief