What is the World Doing about COVID-19 Vaccine Acceptance?

Even before the COVID-19 crisis, the WHO declared vaccination hesitancy one of the Top 10 threats to global health in 2019.

A vaccine will help prevent new infections, and more than that, it will help businesses and schools in hard-hit countries get back to normal. Vast amounts of money have been invested in finding a vaccine and media reports update us regularly on the progress of over 200 candidate vaccines under evaluation.This blog shares research on vaccine acceptance worldwide.

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    The Public’s Role in COVID-19 Vaccination: Planning Recommendations Informed by Design Thinking and the Social, Behavioral, and Communication Sciences

    This report considers human factors in relation to future vaccines against COVID-19, drawing on insights from design thinking and the social, behavioral, and communication sciences. It provides recommendations—directed to both US policymakers and practitioners, as well as nontraditional partners new to public health’s mission of vaccination—on how to advance public understanding of, access to, and acceptance of vaccines that protect against COVID-19.

    The report offers several recommendations for enhancing acceptance of vaccines:

    • Put people at the center of a revolutionary SARS-CoV-2 vaccine research enterprise
    • Understand and inform public expectations about vaccine benefits, risks, and supply
    • Earn the public’s confidence that vaccine allocation and distribution are evenhanded
    • Make vaccination available in safe, familiar, and convenient places
    • Communicate in meaningful, relevant, and personal terms, crowding out misinformation –
    • Establish independent representative bodies (i.e., public oversight committees) to instill public ownership of the vaccination program

    Source: The Public’s Role in COVID-19 Vaccination: Planning Recommendations Informed by Design Thinking and the Social, Behavioral, and Communication Sciences