We Need a National Campaign to Increase Vaccine Acceptance

January 12, 2021
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HHS/NIH COVID-19 Vaccine Kick-Off event. Credit: NIH. Creative Commons. Flickr.com

A paper co-authored by Duke’s Cheryl Lin and Pikuei Tu on “Confidence and Receptivity for COVID-19 Vaccines” shows a correlation between declining vaccine acceptance and demographic, socioeconomic, and partisan divides. Quoted by USA Today, Cheryl Lin calls for a national campaign to target vaccine hesitancy within distrustful communities.

“Unfortunately, health disparities are likely to persist if we don’t make a strong effort to target those groups with customized communication campaigns and more accessible vaccine delivery,” said Cheryl Lin. “There’s an urgent need for a national campaign, in addition to political figures or celebrities getting the shot in front of the cameras, and really targeting specific groups.” 

Cheryl Lin is co-director of the Policy and Organizational Management Program (POMP) at Duke University.

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Resources

USA Today article: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2021/01/05/trust-covid-19-vaccine-in...

"Confidence and Receptivity for COVID-19 Vaccines: A Rapid Systematic Review" (Paper published in the Multiscipllinary Digital Publishing Institute [MDPI] journal): https://www.mdpi.com/2076-393X/9/1/16