COVID Vaccine Ambassador Training: How to Talk to Parents

In collaboration with the Johns Hopkins Consortium for School-Based Health Solutions, IVAC faculty have just launched a free online course, “COVID Vaccine Ambassador Training: How to Talk to Parents.”

Designed for parents, teachers, and school staff, this online course aims to provide “vaccine ambassadors” with the tools to discuss concerns about COVID-19 vaccines with people in their communities. The self-paced course teaches adults how to have respectful and empathetic conversations with parents and guardians who remain hesitant about vaccination for their children, even if they are vaccinated themselves.

The goal of the course is to empower more people to communicate with parents in the U.S. who have concerns about vaccinating their children, despite the availability of safe, effective, and free COVID-19 vaccines for children ages five and up. In recent weeks, COVID-19 hospitalizations in children have spiked to record levels, including among unvaccinated children ages 5 and up who are eligible for COVID-19 vaccines. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an average of 672 children age 17 and under were admitted to hospitals every day with COVID-19 during the week ending Sunday, January 2—the highest such number of the pandemic. These numbers underscore the urgency to get eligible children across the country vaccinated and boosted now.

The COVID-19 Vaccine Ambassador course covers evidence-based communication strategies, with video explainers and FAQs about COVID-19 and COVID-19 vaccines, as well as lessons on how to engage in constructive conversations about vaccine hesitancy. The course also includes reliable sources of information about COVID-19 vaccines, an important tool in discussions around vaccines.

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    Uganda COVID-19 Campaign Materials

    The Uganda Kijja Kugwa  (English translation: “COVID-19 Will Pass”) campaign promotes awareness of and adherence to the national standard operating procedures (SOPs) related to risk communication and prevention of COVID-19, including vaccine uptake, addressing vaccine hesitancy, and proper management of COVID-19 cases. 

    The campaign tools include radio spots, print (posters, fact booklets, home care guide, wall charts, z-cards, stickers, banners), TV spots, videos, social media, digital media tools for providers, clients, and gatekeepers/influencers. Since implementation, the campaign has been refreshed to incorporate messaging on vaccines, including a special Moments campaign. Various materials are available in English, Ateso, Acholi, Karamojong, Luganda, Lumasaba, Lusoga, Runyankore, Runyoro-Rutooro, Swahili, and other local languages.

    The campaign was developed In partnership with the Ministry of Health, UNICEF, WHO, USAID, and the USAID Social and Behavior Change Activity. For more information, contact Glory Mkandawire, Chief of Party gmkanda2@jhu.edu.

    Resources:

    Moments campaign for vaccine uptake, featuring sentimental posters and videos of gatherings with friends, family, and colleagues, that reinforce vaccination.

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      COVID-19 Digital Classroom Courses

      The COVID-19 course series is part of the COVID-19 Digital Classroom initiative. These courses are primarily designed for community-based health workers who practice in low- and middle-income countries. It covers a range of topics on COVID-19, including basic information on the virus and how to mitigate its public health effects. The course is designed to synthesize the most important, high-level information on COVID-19 from a variety of well-respected resources in a practical way. Many of the resources are cited for your reference and include documents and guidelines from the World Health Organization, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the UN, and many other reliable sources. While community-based health workers are the primary audience for this course series, the topics covered are relevant for everyone involved in responding to this pandemic worldwide.

      It is important to note that while these courses provide a generalized overview of COVID-19 and information on how to contain the spread of the disease, they cannot account for everything, especially as we are still learning day-to-day about the virus and its impact on our health and society. Therefore, please use this course as a guide, and continue to familiarize yourself with your context, including your country’s public health guidelines, in order to best customize the content we cover here for you and your community’s specific needs.

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        COVID-19: Keeping Young People Healthy

        This page offers practical guides for adolescents and young people, parents and caregivers, healthcare providers and implementing partners to keep young people healthy during the global COVID-19 pandemic.

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