News from IVAC

May 2022

Measuring equity in vaccination coverage beyond socioeconomic status: Launch of the VERSE Equity Toolkit

Originally published on ImmunizationEconomics.org (April 27, 2022) Researchers at Johns Hopkins University have developed a new standardized toolkit to assess equity in vaccine coverage. The VERSE Equity Toolkit compares the level of vaccine coverage against the level of equity and quantifies the influence of key sociodemographic factors to inequity. The toolkit is accompanied by a […]

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April 2022

World Immunization Week 2022: Webinars

During World Immunization Week 2022 the International Vaccine Access Center, along with global immunization and indigenous health partners, will host a three webinars. Registration is free, and we encourage all to sign up and save these dates on their calendars. Enabling Equitable Access to COVID-19 Vaccines for Indigenous Populations When: April 26, 2022 Watch: https://youtu.be/drk_qEDI2CQ […]

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April 2022

Webinar: The Human Cost of Pneumonia and the Power of the PCV

When: May 3, 2022 Watch: https://youtu.be/YJTx3MhM7yI Description: An expert panel discussed the importance of pneumococcal conjugate vaccines (PCV) and advocacy efforts to introduce PCV in countries that do not have PCV in their national schedules. This webinar featured speakers from countries in different stages of PCV introduction, highlighting the human impact of pneumonia and sharing […]

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March 2022

Webinar: Reaching Zero-dose Children and Supporting Immunization Equity in Humanitarian Contexts

Description: How do we restore and strengthen immunization to effectively reach populations in humanitarian settings? An estimated two-thirds of zero-dose children live in conflict-affected settings. More broadly, countries that are considered as fragile and conflict-affected states by the World Bank and IMF are home to nearly one billion people, nearly double the level 20 years ago. Research […]

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February 2022

Dr. Rupali Limaye Appointed Deputy Director of IVAC

The International Vaccine Access Center (IVAC) is pleased to announce that Rupali Limaye, PhD, MPH, MA, been appointed as its new Deputy Director. Dr. Limaye joined IVAC in 2020 as the Director of Behavioral and Implementation Science and is a full-time faculty member in the Departments of International Health, Epidemiology, and Health, Behavior and Society […]

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February 2022

IVAC and VALUE Baltimore Project Launch COVID-19 Information Compendium

The VALUE (Vaccine Acceptance & Access Live in Unity, Engagement, and Education) Baltimore Project, which aims to improve COVID-19 vaccine acceptance in Baltimore City, has created a new resource for anyone seeking up-to-date information about COVID-19. This free resource has six topic areas: COVID-19 Illness General Vaccine Information COVID-19 Vaccines COVID-19 Vaccine Policy COVID-19 Vaccines […]

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January 2022

Webinar: Making COVID-19 vaccines APPEALing: Pilot message testing in India

Description: Vaccines do not save lives; vaccination does. But what are the best message appeals to move people toward vaccine acceptance? In this interactive webinar, you will first learn about the findings from a literature review that examined message appeals and their effectiveness in nudging people toward vaccine acceptance. You will then see how various […]

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January 2022

VIRA Vaccine Chatbot is now on WhatsApp

It’s been six months since IVAC launched VIRA, short for Vaccine Information Resource Assistant, in collaboration with IBM Research. Since then, thousands of people have come to VIRA to get dependable COVID-19 vaccine-related information on-the-go. Now, users can chat with VIRA on WhatsApp at +1 410-401-0306 or via direct link. VIRA is adaptive, using IBM […]

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