Our Toolkit for Achieving Vaccine Equity

This vaccine toolkit is intended to provide tools to navigate vaccine rollout with a constant focus on equity. Public health and community leaders can work through this pathway—informed by learnings from PIH-US's partner sites where community vaccination efforts are in process—to center community leadership at every aspect of vaccine rollout.

The toolkit includes resources for near-term solutions to address the challenge of achieving vaccine equity, and long-term efforts to historic and structural health injustices.

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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.

Policies and memo
Eligibility Is Not Access
Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Community Engagement: Understanding & Driving Demand

A primary aim of community engagement is to create and maintain channels to hear concerns and share information, with the goal of understanding health and social needs, providing clear and transparent information, and facilitating localized access to vaccination. The most effective engagement strategies leverage the leadership already within communities, with critical interpretation of information and collective decision-making by community members.

Tools and protocols
COVID-19 Vaccine FAQ: Community Messenger Guide
Monday, March 7, 2022
Training
COVID-19 Vaccination: A Guide for Community Conversations
Monday, February 28, 2022
Training
COVID-19 Vaccine Community Mobilization Leadership Training
Monday, February 28, 2022
Policies and memo
Vaccine Requirements Done Right: Actions to Center Equity
Wednesday, September 15, 2021
Tools and protocols
Explainer Infographic: How mRNA vaccines work (Creole)
Monday, April 26, 2021
Tools and protocols
Explainer Infographic: How mRNA vaccines work (French)
Monday, April 26, 2021
Tools and protocols
Explainer Infographic: How mRNA vaccines work (Spanish)
Monday, March 22, 2021
Tools and protocols
Explainer Infographic: How mRNA vaccines work (Portuguese)
Monday, March 22, 2021
Tools and protocols
Explainer Infographic: How mRNA vaccines work (English)
Monday, March 22, 2021
Training
Town Hall Facilitation Guidelines
Monday, March 1, 2021

Resource Allocation & Vaccine Site Operations: Understanding & Facilitating Supply

In order to achieve sufficient coverage for all members of a community, vaccine allocation and distribution strategies need to be driven by, and developed in partnership with local stakeholders. Visualize gaps in access and patterns of disease—and act accordingly. Allocate for equity by prioritizing based on risk of exposure and risk of severe health outcomes. Eliminate critical barriers to access: limited hours of operation, complex scheduling/registration systems, inaccessible sites with limited transport options.

Technical brief
FeaturedOmicron Variant Briefing
Thursday, March 17, 2022
Technical brief
Boosters & Additional Doses: Key Talking Points and FAQs
Tuesday, April 26, 2022
Tools and protocols
Children and Vaccines: Frequently Asked Questions
Thursday, January 20, 2022
Technical brief
K-12 Schools & COVID-19: Research and Guidance for a Comprehensive Response
Wednesday, November 17, 2021
Technical brief
Employer Briefing: How can I help?
Friday, June 11, 2021
Tools and protocols
Vaccine Site-Planning Tool: Instructions for Use
Saturday, May 1, 2021
Tools and protocols
Vaccine Dose-Tracking Tool
Saturday, May 1, 2021
Tools and protocols
Vaccine Site-Planning Tool
Saturday, May 1, 2021
Tools and protocols
Vaccine Dose-Tracking Tool: Instructions for Use
Saturday, May 1, 2021
Tools and protocols
Equity mapping: Visualizing community vulnerability to COVID-19 and vaccine access
Monday, March 1, 2021
Webinar
COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout: Effective and Equity-driven Operations
Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Long-term Investment in Community & Public Health Workforce

Ultimately, vaccination is just one part of a robust and effective COVID-19 response. We must continue to drive vaccine resources where they are needed, but we must also double down on other aspects of response, including testing, contact tracing, and community mitigation. We must also move beyond emergency response, investing in a public health workforce that will be critical to recovery and long-term system improvements

Tools and protocols
Vaccine Case Study: New Orleans
Thursday, September 2, 2021
Tools and protocols
Building Healthier Communities: Leveraging COVID-19 Vaccination to Address Social Determinants of Health (Operations Manual)
Tuesday, March 23, 2021
Technical brief
Recommendations for achieving equity in the US COVID-19 vaccine rollout: expanding vaccination access for the most vulnerable and integrating social support programs to build healthier communities
Friday, February 5, 2021