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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    Variant of Interest vs Variant of Concern

    This simplified infographic explains the difference between a COVID-19 variant of interest and variant of concern.

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    Video – COVID-19 vaccine: Bringing us together

    The COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective. When it’s your turn, we encourage you to get vaccinated as soon as possible. Remember that it is essential for everyone, including those who have been vaccinated, to help stop the spread of infection by washing hands, keeping your distance, and following local mask guidelines.

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      Updated Toolkit: Children and COVID-19 Vaccination

      On November 2, the CDC recommended that children age 5-11 get a COVID-19 vaccine, expanding pediatric vaccine eligibility to all children and adolescents age 5 and older. Use these topline messages, sample posts, and shareable graphics to promote vaccination in your community, and visit our Answers to Tough Questions for additional messaging guidance.

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        Delta variant and why the vaccine is important

        This is a page on the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) listing information about the Delta variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. It explains that the variant is more contagious and causes more severe illness; therefore, unvaccinated people remain at the highest risk. People who are fully vaccinated could still get infected with the Delta variant but have a very low chance of developing severe illness and could spread it for a shorter period of time.

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          The CDC Says Tight-Fit Masks or Double Masking Increases Protection

          New research by the agency shows that transmission of the virus can be reduced by up to 96.5 percent if both an infected individual and an uninfected individual wear tightly fitted surgical masks or a cloth-and-surgical-mask combination.

          One option for reducing transmission is to wear a cloth mask over a surgical mask, the agency said. The alternative is to fit the surgical mask more tightly on the face by “knotting and tucking” — that is, knotting the two strands of the ear loops together where they attach to the edge of the mask, then folding and flattening the extra fabric at the mask’s edge and tucking it in for a tighter seal.

          Other effective options that improve the fit include using a mask-fitter — a frame contoured to the face — over a mask, or wearing a sleeve of sheer nylon hosiery material around the neck and pulled up over a cloth or surgical mask, the C.D.C. said.

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            The Vaccination Demand Hub

            The Vaccination Demand Hub is a network of partner organizations innovating together to understand why people miss out, to improve acceptance and uptake of vaccines, and to ensure that everyone everywhere is protected against vaccine preventable diseases.

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              COVID-19 Vaccination Communication Toolkit

              This informational guide presents six strategies for immunization coordinators to build vaccine confidence within their health system or clinic.

              It includes tangible actions to promote confidence, communication, and uptake of COVID-19 vaccine, which can help support confidence among providers and patients.

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                Long-Term Care Facility Toolkit: Preparing for COVID-19 Vaccination at Your Facility

                This toolkit provides long-term care facility (LTCF) administrators and clinical leadership with information and resources to help build vaccine confidence among healthcare personnel (HCP) and residents.

                The toolkit emphasizes the critical role played by health professionals in providing trusted information and ensuring high COVID-19 vaccination coverage in their facility.

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                  Daily Activities and Going Out

                  This page offers advice on going out of the home during the time of COVID-19.

                  The following guidelines are offered:

                  • In general, the more closely you interact with others and the longer that interaction, the higher the risk of COVID-19 spread.
                  • If you decide to engage in public activities, continue to protect yourself by practicing everyday preventive actions.
                  • Keep these items on hand when venturing out: a face mask, tissues, and a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol, if possible.

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