February COVID-19 Behaviors Newsletter

New data on the COVID Behaviors Dashboard indicate that people in most countries are currently hungry for information about COVID-19 variants and treatment. As the surge of cases brought by the omicron variant fades in France, India, the United States and elsewhere, countries like Chile, Norway, and Malaysia are still at or approaching their peaks.

Explore how key data points on the dashboard—such as masking behaviors and structural barriers to vaccination—have changed in this most recent period.

Source: February COVID-19 Behaviors Newsletter

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    COVID Vaccine Ambassador Training: How to Talk to Parents

    In collaboration with the Johns Hopkins Consortium for School-Based Health Solutions, IVAC faculty have just launched a free online course, “COVID Vaccine Ambassador Training: How to Talk to Parents.”

    Designed for parents, teachers, and school staff, this online course aims to provide “vaccine ambassadors” with the tools to discuss concerns about COVID-19 vaccines with people in their communities. The self-paced course teaches adults how to have respectful and empathetic conversations with parents and guardians who remain hesitant about vaccination for their children, even if they are vaccinated themselves.

    The goal of the course is to empower more people to communicate with parents in the U.S. who have concerns about vaccinating their children, despite the availability of safe, effective, and free COVID-19 vaccines for children ages five and up. In recent weeks, COVID-19 hospitalizations in children have spiked to record levels, including among unvaccinated children ages 5 and up who are eligible for COVID-19 vaccines. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an average of 672 children age 17 and under were admitted to hospitals every day with COVID-19 during the week ending Sunday, January 2—the highest such number of the pandemic. These numbers underscore the urgency to get eligible children across the country vaccinated and boosted now.

    The COVID-19 Vaccine Ambassador course covers evidence-based communication strategies, with video explainers and FAQs about COVID-19 and COVID-19 vaccines, as well as lessons on how to engage in constructive conversations about vaccine hesitancy. The course also includes reliable sources of information about COVID-19 vaccines, an important tool in discussions around vaccines.

    Source: COVID Vaccine Ambassador Training: How to Talk to Parents

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      New COVID Behaviors Reports January 2022 update

      Omicron continued to impact COVID-19 testing and positivity rates in the Jan 1-15 data period, with 30% or more of respondents in the United States, South Africa, Paraguay, and elsewhere reporting that they have tested positive for COVID-19 in the previous 14 days.

      Explore how key prevention behaviors—such as masking and vaccination—have changed in this most recent data period on the COVID Behaviors Dashboard.

      Source: New COVID Behaviors Reports January 2022 update

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        COVID Behaviors Dashboard: Updated Data Show Omicron Trends

        Global Omicron cases have exploded since the COVID-19 variant was first reported to the World Health Organization on November 24. The most recent data from the COVID Behaviors Dashboard reflects that trend: the highest percentage of respondents in multiple countries are reporting positive test results since the dashboard went live in May of 2021.

        • Reported positivity rates have jumped at least 10 percentage points in South Africa, Mozambique, Puerto Rico, and many other countries in the past month.
        • In the November 16-30 data collection period for South Africa, 7% of tests were positive. In the most recent December period, that number rose to 37%, more than a four-fold increase.

        Other insights from the latest data collection period (Dec 16-31):

        • 20% of unvaccinated health workers in Japan are now reporting that they will definitely get vaccinated, up from only 3% in early December
        • 90% of South African respondents reported that they have worn a mask all or most of the time, but only 70% believe that all or most other people are wearing masks
        • Respondents in Nigeria have consistently reported a lack of vaccine appointments as the top barrier to vaccination (32% indicating)

        Source: COVID Behaviors Dashboard: Updated Data Show Omicron Trends

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          Misinformation Alerts

          These insights are based on a combination of automated media monitoring and manual review by public health data analysts. Media data are publicly available data from many sources, such as social media, broadcast television, newspapers and magazines, news websites, online video, blogs, and more. Analysts from the Public Good Projects triangulate this data along with other data from fact checking organizations and investigative sources to provide an accurate, but not exhaustive, list of currently circulating misinformation.

          Source: Misinformation Alerts

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            Basic Psychosocial Skills: Training for COVID-19 Responders

            This is a new free online course on Basic Psychosocial Skills has been made available by the WHO CC UTS. The Basic Psychosocial Skills online Training is a FREE program for those affected by the pandemic designed to build resilience and mental health wellbeing for first responders and frontline health staff.

            Source: Basic Psychosocial Skills: Training for COVID-19 Responders

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              Generating acceptance and demand for COVID-19 vaccines

              The WHO has created tools that were designed to respond to these challenges and support planning and implementation for COVID-19 vaccination. They offer practical guidance on a range of areas – from planning, to data gathering and evaluation, to specific strategies for community engagement and managing rumours and misinformation.

              Source: Generating acceptance and demand for COVID-19 vaccines

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                Malaria Social and Behavior Change during COVID-19

                Malaria SBC programs had to think afresh and re-strategize to tackle new limitations to reach audiences and convince them to change their behaviors to prevent and manage malaria. Malaria SBC workers increased their efforts while also closely following COVID-19 guidelines.

                Source: Malaria Social and Behavior Change during COVID-19

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                  Risk Communication and Community Engagement Guidance on COVID-19 Vaccines for Marginalized Populations

                  This inter-agency guidance document aims to supplement the COVAX demand creation package for COVID-19 vaccines with key considerations for humanitarian contexts and marginalized populations with specific access and communication needs.

                  Source: Risk Communication and Community Engagement Guidance on COVID-19 Vaccines for Marginalized Populations

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