PIH’s Strategy for Achieving Equity in COVID-19 Vaccination
Widespread, equitable vaccination is a critical component to bring COVID-19 under control. However, the initial US rollout has been remarkably inequitable, and we risk further burdening those who have already suffered disproportionately--people of color, as well as poor and marginalized communities--if we do not intervene.
Our Toolkit for Achieving Vaccine Equity
Explore our vaccine toolkit – a set of practical tools and guidelines developed with and for public health implementers around the country to promote equitable and effective vaccine rollout. We focus on two key areas of implementation: Strategy and Operations (supply) and Community Engagement (demand).
If you would like an editable version of any of the materials below for easier adaptation to your program and context, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eligibility is not Access
Across the United States, expanded vaccine eligibility offers hope that within months enough Americans will be immunized to allow the safe resumption of normal activity. However, even with open eligibility, our health system is not designed to ensure vaccine access and uptake for all. We advocate for continuing to prioritize those most at risk while building systems for long-term access to healthcare and social supports.VIEW our strategy >>
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View one city's approach to centering equity in its response to COVID-19. The New Orleans Health Department’s unrelenting drive for equity has meant that it has focused on its most vulnerable residents, prioritizing them for outreach, testing, and vaccination.
Vx Requirements Done Right: Centering Equity
While these requirements (“vaccine mandates”) have potential to encourage much-needed vaccine uptake and protect individuals and their communities, they should be instituted with careful and nuanced consideration of vaccine access.View Now >>
The Delta Variant and Breakthrough Cases
This document explores the changing landscape of COVID-19, sharing what you need to know about the delta variant and what it means for vaccine effectiveness, breakthrough infections, and the continued importance of vaccination in pandemic control.View Now >>
CORE-PIH Vaccine Site Operations Manual
Created in partnership with Community Organized Relief Effort (CORE), this operations manual details the essential components and considerations in establishing and operating vaccination sites in partnership with community stakeholders, and with an eye on equity, access, and cost-effectiveness.VIEW NOW (EN) >>
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Achieving Equity in Rollout: Care Resource Coordination
A rare and important opportunity to connect communities and individuals into health and public health systems, vaccination campaigns can be leveraged to improve community trust by building sustainable linkages to care and community resources.OPERATIONS GUIDE >>
Vaccine Information for Contact Tracers
Contact tracers and case investigators (CT/CI) are well positioned to provide information on vaccination to the individuals they speak with each day. This training equips CT/CIs with consistent and accurate vaccine information.
Technical Briefing: COVID-19 Vaccination for Undocumented Individuals
Undocumented individuals represent large proportions of the U.S. essential workforce and should be considered both high-risk and high-exposure, making them a priority for vaccination irrespective of citizenship status.View Now >>
Technical Briefing: COVID-19 Variants
With viral variants emerging, this briefing explores their impacts on response strategy and outlines the most important implications for testing and vaccination.View Now >>
Technical Briefing: COVID-19 Vaccine Costs
All vaccines provided through the U.S. government will be free of charge. This briefing explores vaccine costs and reimbursement for all insurance statuses.View Now >>
Employer Briefing: How can I help?
This briefing discusses the role of employers as valued community partners in COVID-19 response & recovery.View Now >>
J&J Pause Talking Points
View our quick takes on the J&J pause and resumption and what it means for equitable rollout.VIEW NOW >>
Equity mapping: Visualizing vulnerability & vaccine access
Mapping is a data visualization approach that adds important context to quantitative data; it can spark discussion and drive collaborative planning among community stakeholders with the shared goal of improving vaccine access.View Now >>
Community Leader Mobilization Training
This training presentation is designed to equip community leaders to serve as trusted messengers within their communities, understanding and addressing concerns as well as providing information on how, when, and where vaccines will be available.View Now >>
Town Hall Facilitation Guidelines
This facilitation guide can help you organize and host a town hall in your community, to disseminate information and address questions and concerns about COVID-19 vaccination.View Now >>
Community Forum Informational Slides
This informational deck can be used to share information in a variety of community outreach settings, including town halls and door-to-door outreach to improve vaccine confidence in your communities.View Now >>
To achieve equity, we are focused on:
- Reducing barriers to access for the most vulnerable;
- Increasing vaccine uptake in hardest-hit communities;
- Connecting vaccination rollout to longer-term rebuild efforts.
Working with departments of public health, federally qualified health centers, community-based organizations, and private sector actors, PIH is helping achieve these goals through: (1) operational & strategic planning and (2) community engagement/empowerment.