What strategies have been effective in optimising COVID-19 vaccine uptake in Australia and internationally?

Jane Desborough, Michael Wright, Anne Parkinson, Sally Hall Dykgraaf, Lauren Ball, Garang M. Dut, Elizabeth Sturgiss, Lucas de Toca, Michael Kidd

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Abstract

Background

A key public health measure protecting the population from COVID-19 is vaccination. Unvaccinated people have higher COVID-19 case rates and death rates than those who are fully or partially vaccinated. It has, and continues to be, critical to optimise COVID-19 vaccination uptake in the community.

Objective

The aim of this study was to identify population groups who were less likely to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and strategies that were successful in increasing uptake in these often hard-to-reach groups.

Discussion

Strategies that have successfully increased COVID-19 vaccine uptake may also be effective in enhancing uptake across a range of vaccine-preventable diseases. These strategies include collaboration and building trust with local communities, targeted communication and education, optimising access to vaccines and the use of targeted incentives. Primary care providers are often central to these strategies and are well placed to take the time that people need to shift from uncertain to becoming vaccinated.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)725-730
Number of pages6
JournalAustralian Journal of General Practice
Volume51
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2022
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • COVID-19
  • Vaccination
  • Vaccination uptake

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