There remains an urgent need to accelerate COVID-19 vaccine uptake in low-income countries. Only 58 countries have met the WHO target of 70% vaccination coverage for COVID-19, the majority of which are high income countries. Low-income countries have meanwhile only vaccinated slightly over 10% of their populations. Accelerating COVID-19 vaccine uptake while continuing to promote routine immunization and primary health care necessitates continued political leadership and the prioritized implementation of demand-related and Risk Communication and Community Engagement (RCCE) interventions.
This virtual event will convene policymakers, demand promotion and RCCE practitioners, researchers, and stakeholders to highlight examples of proven policy, vaccine demand, and RCCE interventions.
The event will be spread over two days, 7am-11am EDT on June 22 and 7am-10am EDT on June 23. Please join us as well for a pre-kick off event Teach to Reach, carried out in partnership with the Geneva Learning Foundation, (TGLF) June 17th in French and English attended by thousands of national and sub-national immunization staff.
A high-level opening panel featuring Ministers and Heads of global and regional Agencies will kick-off the event, building on current global commitments to increase vaccine confidence and demand. This will be followed by four technical sessions focused on:
- Effective behavioural interventions to increase vaccine demand: translating evidence to action
- Service quality interventions that meet people where they are:
- Effective strategies to counter rumours and misinformation, information voids, and confusing health guidance
- Community engagement strategies to build trust in vaccination (emphasis on different groups: health workforce, elderly, females, youth, people with comorbidities