How the COVID-19 Vaccine Works

This video, produced by the World Health Organization, was posted on Twitter. The speakers explain exactly how the COVID-19 vaccine works, its safety, and its importance.

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    COVID-19 Global Risk Communication and Community Engagement Strategy

    There is an unprecedented need to elevate the role risk communication and community engagement (RCCE) plays in breaking the chains of transmission and mitigating the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Until biomedical tools such as vaccines or treatments are developed and widely available, people’s behaviour and their willingness to follow public health and social measures remain the most powerful tools to stop the spread of the virus.

    The COVID-19 Global Risk Communication and Community Engagement Strategy, December 2020 – May 2021 provides an important update for member states and supporting partners. The updated strategy is underpinned by a socio-behavioral trends analysis and builds on the learnings from the response to-date. The shift presented in the document is towards the community engagement and participatory approaches that have been proven to help control and eliminate outbreaks in the past.

    The overarching goal of the strategy: That people-centred and community-led approaches are championed widely – resulting in increased trust and social cohesion, and ultimately a reduction in the negative impacts of COVID-19.

    Source: COVID-19 Global Risk Communication and Community Engagement Strategy

      Tips for Professional Reporting on COVID-19 Vaccines

      Journalists play a vital role in informing the public on science, specifically vaccine, developments, in an unprecedented period of scientific publishing.

      The situation is constantly evolving but there are some general guidelines that should be followed whenever possible:

      • Don’t just report the topline
      • Don’t trust data automatically
      • Use trusted and reliable sources
      • State the source
      • Define the terms
      • Use clear language
      • Explain the stage
      • Report the numbers
      • Disclose the side effects
      • Use appropriate imagery
      • Don’t forget demographics
      • Remind everyone of the benefits of vaccines

      Tackle vaccine hesitancy by reporting facts and figures on vaccine efficacy in ending epidemics throughout history.

      Source: Tips for Professional Reporting on COVID-19 Vaccines

        Framework for Decision-making: Implementation of Mass Vaccination Campaigns in the Context of COVID-19

        This document describes the principles to consider when deliberating the implementation of mass vaccination campaigns for prevention of vaccine-preventable diseases and high impact diseases (VPD/HID), and when assessing risks and benefits of conducting outbreak-response vaccination campaigns to respond to VPD/HID outbreaks.

        Source: Framework for Decision-making: Implementation of Mass Vaccination Campaigns in the Context of COVID-19

          Call for Action: Managing the Infodemic

          Although infodemics are not a new phenomenon, the volume and rapid scale-up of facts, but also misinformation and disinformation, surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak are unprecedented.

          Deeply concerned with the undermining consequences of the current infodemic to the COVID-19 response and acknowledging the great potential for improved risk communication through new tools, the WHO has called on key stakeholders and the global community to commit to undertaking the actions in this article.

          Source: Call for Action: Managing the Infodemic

            New WHO Campaign to Help COVID-era Quitters Kick the Habit

            The UN World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday, December 8, 2020, announced the start of a year-long global campaign to help people quit tobacco, with millions citing the threat of COVID-19 as a new incentive to give up the habit.

            Source: New WHO Campaign to Help COVID-era Quitters Kick the Habit

              Behavioural Considerations for Acceptance and Uptake of COVID-19 Vaccines: WHO Technical Advisory Group on Behavioural Insights and Sciences for Health

              This is a report from a meeting held in October 2020 to discuss behavioral considerations relating to vaccine acceptance and uptake.

              The discussion focused on a series of key questions around achieving high and equitable uptake of vaccines through evidence-based and behaviourally informed strategies. This meeting report is the product of the discussion held by WHO TAG members during the meeting. It covers only the topics that were addressed at the meeting.

              The study introduces the topic by stating that behavioral research identifies three categories of drivers of vaccine uptake, in addition to people having the necessary knowledge:

              1. an enabling environment
              2. social influences
              3. motivation

              The three drivers interact and overlap, depending on contexts; however, for the purpose of understanding the problem and identifying strategies, it is helpful to keep the categories separate. An appreciation of each driver leads to its own set of insights and interventions, or mix of interventions, which will often vary across communities.

              Source: Behavioural Considerations for Acceptance and Uptake of COVID-19 Vaccines: WHO Technical Advisory Group on Behavioural Insights and Sciences for Health

                Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Masks

                This document, dated December 2, 2020, is an update of the guidance published previously and includes updated scientific evidence relevant to the use of masks for preventing transmission of Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) as well as practical considerations. It is presented in the form of Questions and Answers.

                Source: Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Masks

                  Pandemic Fatigue: Reinvigorating the Public to Prevent COVID-19

                  Despite documented public support for pandemic response strategies across the WHO European Region, Member States are reporting signs of pandemic fatigue in their populations – here defined as demotivation to follow recommended protective behaviours, emerging gradually over time and affected by a number of emotions, experiences and perceptions.

                  Responding to a request from Member States for support in this field, this document provides a framework for the planning and implementation of national and subnational strategies to maintain and reinvigorate public support to prevent COVID-19.

                  Pandemic fatigue is an expected and natural response to a prolonged public health crisis – not least because the severity and scale of the COVID-19 pandemic have called for the implementation of invasive measures with unprecedented impacts on the daily lives of everyone, including those who have not been directly affected by the virus itself.

                  Source: Pandemic Fatigue: Reinvigorating the Public to Prevent COVID-19

                    Infographics on COVID-19 and Immunization

                    These infographics from the World Health Organization address the importance of continuing to obtain regular immunizations during the time of COVID-19. These are part of a series of infographics from WHO which can be found on the same page.

                    Source: Infographics on COVID-19 and Immunization