5 Ways to Use Sensitivity When Writing About Vaccines

This blog explains that health professionals need to approach their patients who are opposed to vaccination with understanding and patience.

They should anticipate vaccine-related questions and suggest five ways to deal with the patients:

  1. Knowledge Management: An Effective Tool to Stem Vaccine Hesitancy
  2. Contain Vaccination Misinformation
  3. Find a new way to tell the “this is why vaccines are important” story
  4. Use Your Platform to Educate About the Benefit of Vaccines
  5. Identify Pro-Immunization Spokespeople

Source: 5 Ways to Use Sensitivity When Writing About Vaccines

    COVID-19 Vaccine Communication Strategy, India

    This communication strategy supports the COVID-19 vaccines rollout in India and seeks to disseminate timely, accurate and transparent information about the vaccine(s) to alleviate apprehensions about the vaccine, ensure its acceptance and encourage uptake.

    The strategy will also serve to guide national, state and district level communication activities, so that the information on the COVID-19 vaccines and vaccination process reaches all people, across all states in the country.

    Source: COVID-19 Vaccine Communication Strategy, India

      COVID-19 Vaccination Communication

      This report, which was developed in consultation with leading experts in social and behavioral sciences and public health, outlines evidence-informed communication strategies in support of national COVID-19 vaccine distribution efforts across federal agencies and their state and local partners.

      Source: COVID-19 Vaccination Communication

        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.

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

          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

            Four Things You Can Do to Support Your Teen’s Mental Health

            This is guidance for parents to help them deal with their teenagers’ mental health, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

            The four things parents can do are:

            1. Encourage them to share their feelings
            2. Take the time to support them
            3. Work through conflict together
            4. Care for yourself

            Source: Four Things You Can Do to Support Your Teen’s Mental Health

              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

                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

                  Real-time Rumor Tracking for COVID-19 – System Design and Implementation Guide

                  rt2 rumor monitoring dhis2 guideThis document is written for humanitarian or public health organizations as well as national governments seeking to document rumors in a systematic and dynamic fashion. First, the document provides an overview of the role of rumors in a public health or humanitarian emergency, followed by a summary of the community-based approach taken by Breakthrough ACTION during the COVID-19 pandemic.

                  Finally, the guide lays out an application of this approach using the District Health Information System 2 (DHIS2) open source software platform, including an overview of a pre-configured metadata package that can be installed on a new DHIS2 system or imported to an existing system. While this guide and the associated DHIS2 package were developed for COVID-19, rumors play a role in a variety of public health issues. Real-time monitoring of rumors thus provides a unique opportunity for dynamic two-way communication with communities.

                  Real-time Rumor Tracking for COVID-19 – System Design and Implementation Guide

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                  Seoul Declaration on Media and Information Literacy for Everyone and by Everyone

                  On the 10th anniversary of Global Media and Information Literacy Week, stakeholders from all over the world gave a resounding affirmation as to the urgency to strengthen people’s media and information literacy competencies.

                  The outcomes of the deliberations in the Feature Conference and Youth Agenda Forum have been immortalized in the Seoul Declaration on Media and Information Literacy for Everyone and by Everyone: A Defence against Disinfodemics. This Seoul Declaration benefited from a consultation with close to one thousand registered participants.

                  Source: Seoul Declaration on Media and Information Literacy for Everyone and by Everyone