Bridging the Gap Between Vaccine Eagerness vs. Hesitancy in India
- Identifying marginalized and vulnerable persons in the community and engage with authorities for equitable vaccination, finding gaps and grievances readdress
- Creating awareness by disseminating factual information on vaccinations and monitoring vaccine hesitancy
- Improving vaccination acceptability by sharing health and social benefits and minimize dispel myths and boost demand
- Monitoring service delivery at vaccination centers, identify any gaps, issues, and challenges, and engage with the local authorities to achieve effective service delivery and mitigate challenges
In the first phase of the project, YSD will achieve these objectives through a program of close communication and coordination with local community members—initially conducting a baseline survey of perceptions and attitudes toward vaccination, followed by ongoing discussions to identify key issues and craft the necessary messaging to dispel myths around the vaccine and convey its importance. The results of the survey will also be shared with local authorities to ensure their involvement in efforts to improve constructive engagement with citizens.
These outreach efforts will be supplemented by third-party monitoring of vaccination centers to observe the facilities and service delivery procedures, ensure protocols to prioritize vulnerable populations are followed, identify any challenges, and work with local authorities to remedy issues found.
Phase two of the project will focused largely on collecting and sharing information with citizens, identifying vulnerable populations, assisting with registration and access to vaccines, and continued engagement with authorities to improve vaccination programs.
Another major focus of the project is addressing vaccine hesitancy, particularly evident among at-risk populations. This work will build on the COVID-19 response work conducted by PTF and YSD in 2020, as part of PTF’s broader COVID-19 response and vaccine monitoring portfolio.
About Our Partners:
Youth for Social Development (YSD) is a not-for-profit independent social research and development organization aspiring to improve the lives of urban and rural poor in Odisha specifically the most vulnerable people, children, youth and women on issues related to governance, participation, youth and child development and climate change since 2006. YSD envisions a just, equitable and sustainable society where all people have access to their social, economic and democratic rights and the capacity to achieve their full potential and lead a dignified life. Its mission is to facilitate sustainable social and economic development of marginalized communities in urban and rural Odisha through research, policy advocacy, participatory community action and people’s empowerment. Learn more about YSD at https://www.ysdindia.org/.