Increasing COVID-19 Vaccine Uptake in Botswana Through Community Outreach and Door-to-Door Vaccination

Meeting Targets and Maintaining Epidemic Control (EpiC), a five-year global project funded by the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is dedicated to addressing the HIV and COVID-19 pandemics. In Botswana, EpiC is led by FHI360 with core partners Right to Care (RTC), Palladium, and Population Services International (PSI). EpiC was modified in early 2020 to include funding to prevent, prepare for, and respond to COVID-19 by supporting the Ministry of Health to bolster health systems to address the pandemic.

To address low vaccine uptake among youth and the general population in the year 2022, EpiC rolled out intensive community mobilization. The project collaborated closely with District Health Management Teams (DHMTs), local community structures, and district-level leadership to rapidly increase vaccination uptake.

This resource is a success story that outlines the strategy that was employed to roll out vaccines at the community level.

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Ensuring COVID-19 Vaccination for People Living with HIV and Key Populations

This technical guide is intended to support COVID-19 vaccination programs to ensure adequate COVID-19 vaccine coverage among those most vulnerable to and living with HIV.

These COVID-19 vaccination strategies are based on and adapted from best practices and promising innovations from decades of experience designing and implementing HIV programs with and for PLHIV and KPs. These recommendations should be implemented alongside mitigation strategies that reduce exposure to and impact of COVID-19 on HIV program beneficiaries and staff and safely maintain HIV services.

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    COVID-19 Vaccine Testimonial: Pregnant Woman/Teacher

    This video features a lactating mother, who is also a teacher, sharing her testimony to promote the safety of the COVID-19 vaccine and build trust and confidence for enhanced vaccine uptake among pregnant women, and breastfeeding mothers.

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    Protecting older adults in Indonesia through COVID-19 vaccination

    The Meeting Targets and Maintaining Epidemic Control (EpiC) project rolled out several approaches to increase COVID-19 vaccination coverage among older adults in DKI Jakarta, West Java, Banten Province, Central Java, and the Special Region of Yogyakarta.

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      Demand Creation and Advocacy for COVID-19 Vaccine Acceptance and Uptake

      As the introduction of effective COVID-19 vaccines is on the horizon, it is time to quickly expand SBC programs to address public acceptance of and generate demand for these critical public health tools.

      This quick start guide was developed to support FHI 360 programs and their partners to design and implement demand creation and advocacy activities as part of national COVID-19 vaccine introduction efforts. This guide draws primarily on FHI 360’s experience designing and implementing SBC programs to promote uptake of health products and services, including vaccination services, but also borrows from other global tools, including those developed by the WHO and UNICEF.

      This resource can be used by SBC practitioners as a step-by-step guide to take them from defining and understanding local SBC needs to implementing and adjusting activities to respond to changing conditions. Importantly, this resource is intended as a living document where additional design and implementation tools will be added (or removed), and adaptations made to ensure the guide and its component parts remain current and useful.

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