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’s USPHAU 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.

Technical brief
NewDelta Variant and Breakthrough Infections Overview - SPANISH
Tuesday, September 21, 2021
Technical brief
NewDelta Variant and Breakthrough Infections Overview - KREYOL
Tuesday, September 21, 2021
Technical brief
NewDelta Variant and Breakthrough Infections Overview - PORTUGUESE
Tuesday, September 21, 2021
Policies and memo
NewVaccine Requirements Done Right: Actions to Center Equity
Wednesday, September 15, 2021
Technical brief
Delta Variant and Breakthrough Infections Overview
Wednesday, August 18, 2021
Tools and protocols
COVID-19 Vaccine FAQ: Community Messenger Guide - SPANISH
Monday, August 16, 2021
Tools and protocols
COVID-19 Vaccine FAQ: Community Messenger Guide - PORTUGUESE
Monday, August 16, 2021
Tools and protocols
COVID-19 Vaccine FAQ: Community Messenger Guide
Thursday, August 12, 2021
Tools and protocols
COVID-19 Vaccine FAQ: Clinical Facilitator Guide
Thursday, August 12, 2021
Tools and protocols
COVID-19 Vaccine FAQ: Community Messenger Guide - KREYOL
Tuesday, August 10, 2021
Tools and protocols
Children and Vaccines: Frequently Asked Questions - PORTUGUESE
Sunday, August 1, 2021
Tools and protocols
Children and Vaccines: Frequently Asked Questions - KREYOL
Sunday, August 1, 2021
Tools and protocols
Children and Vaccines: Frequently Asked Questions - SPANISH
Sunday, August 1, 2021
Training
COVID-19 Vaccination: A Guide for Community Conversations
Monday, July 12, 2021
Technical brief
Johnson & Johnson Pause 1-Pager
Friday, April 30, 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
Tools and protocols
COVID-19 Vaccine FAQ: Community Messenger Guide (Spanish)
Thursday, March 4, 2021
Training
Town Hall Facilitation Guidelines
Monday, March 1, 2021
Training
COVID-19 Vaccine Community Mobilization Leadership Training
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.

Tools and protocols
Children and Vaccines: Frequently Asked Questions
Friday, July 30, 2021
Technical brief
Employer Briefing: How can I help?
Friday, June 11, 2021
Technical brief
Technical Briefing: COVID-19 Variants
Monday, May 24, 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
Vaccine Site-Planning Tool: Instructions for Use
Saturday, May 1, 2021
Technical brief
Technical Briefing: COVID-19 Vaccine Costs
Monday, April 26, 2021
Training
Vaccine Information for Contact Tracers
Monday, April 26, 2021
Technical brief
Technical Briefing: COVID-19 Vaccination for Undocumented Individuals
Wednesday, March 3, 2021
Technical brief
Technical Briefing: Timing of 2nd Dose (Pfizer & Moderna)
Wednesday, March 3, 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
NewVaccine 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