Sabin's Immunization Advocates Explores COVID-19 Vaccine Equity, Acceptance in Season 2 of ‘Community Conversations on Vaccines’

While many high-income countries are expanding COVID-19 vaccine eligibility and authorizing or considering the administration of booster doses of COVID-19 vaccines, low- and middle-income countries are grappling with delivering first doses to people most at risk for severe COVID-19 disease and, notably, health workers delivering immunization. Although common challenges of COVID-19 vaccine misinformation and disinformation cut across many countries, inequities in vaccine access are posing additional challenges to vaccine acceptance and uptake in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).

To better understand these challenges, Sabin’s Immunization Advocate’s program launched season two of their podcast, Community Conversations on Vaccines, to hear directly from health information gatekeepers about how they are addressing these issues.

This past spring, in season one of this podcast, they spoke with on-the-ground health workers and journalists about their experiences with administering immunizations and communicating vaccine information shortly after COVID-19 vaccines were approved. 

In season two, they speak with health workers, journalism trainers and immunization professionals from three countries in Africa and Latin America to understand the unique positioning of their communities and countries and how they are dealing with immunization barriers, both for COVID-19 and routine vaccines. 

Episode 1 of Season 2 is now LIVE: Listen Now!

Kenya (Ep. 1)

The Immunization Advocates team are joined by two health workers at the forefront of immunization in western Kenya. Dorothy Logedi, a nurse and coordinator of a vaccine program in Kisumu, and Margaret Odera, a community health worker and mentor mother to women living with HIV in Nairobi’s Mathare slum, discuss vaccine equity, supply, uptake and acceptance in Kenya and the challenges of both COVID-19 and routine immunization.

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