Elevating the voices & perspectives of nurses & midwives to influence vaccine equity & acceptance
Read about our Immunisation Advocacy Champions and their work below.
After taking part in the Storytelling Challenge and following continued low acceptance and uptake of the COVID-19 vaccine, Rashid explored health care worker vaccine hesitancy as one of the main attributing factors. He organised a COVID-19 vaccine advocacy campaign targeting all health care workers of all cadres in the district of Phalombe. The team of facilitators travelled around health facilities in the district in order to address…
- myths and misconceptions about COVID19
- characteristics of COVID-19 vaccines
- vaccine hesitancy among healthcare workers
The objectives were to:
- Improve COVID-19 vaccine uptake through vaccine advocacy
- Enhance coordination between health and education departments
- Assess and perform COVID-19 tests on students.
Following her participation in the Storytelling Challenge, Rose decided to invest her prize money in creating storytelling training to encourage health workers in rural and semi-urban areas in Uganda to share their experiences through storytelling while carrying out COVID-19 vaccination.
Through REMI East Africa, Rose conducted the storytelling training for COVID-19 vaccine equity and acceptance and introduced the importance of sharing experiences and telling stories as a way of advocating for change.
Rose spoke to several nurses and midwives about their experience of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout and created these videos to share their stories with the world.
“My solution involved capacity development for community and primary health care nurses on versatility and effective engagement skills to address COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy as well a show to use stories,” explained Mpho.
Mpho contacted hospital nurse managers and briefed them on the project and began to train nurses and provide them with the necessary skills to engage with communities and promote increased COVID-19 vaccine acceptance.
Having been selected as a winner of the Nursing Now Challenge and Sabin Vaccine Institute Storytelling Challenge, Amy created the project, “Frontline Friends.”
Amy:“My goal was to create educational materials regarding the COVID-19 vaccine to distribute in low-income areas throughout New York City.”
“This project has brought a great deal of joy and togetherness, even in its beginning stages. I look forward to what lies within the future and am hopeful that the future includes an increase in vaccination rates throughout the United States. One of the most important things that I have learned from this project is the power of conversation. I feel so grateful to have had the opportunity to connect with many individuals in person given the current circumstances of our city and am looking into new ways to connect virtually as well,” Amy Staley.
Read more about the Immunisation Advocacy Champions here.