RESEARCH ARTICLE: Training university students as vaccination champions to promote vaccination in their multiple identities and help address vaccine hesitancy

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DOI:

https://doi.org/10.46542/pe.2021.211.407419

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COVID-19, Hesitancy, Misconception, Myth, Promotion, Vaccination

Abstract

Introduction: Covid-19 related vaccine hesitancy is a major problem worldwide and it risks delaying the global effort to control the pandemic.  Covid-19 vaccine hesitancy is also higher in certain communities.  Given that prescriber recommendation and community engagement are two effective ways of addressing vaccine hesitancy, training university students to become vaccination champions could be a way of addressing hesitancy, as the champions engage with their communities in their multiple identities. 

Aim: This study aims to assess the impact of a pilot project conducted in the UCL School of Pharmacy that could pave a way of integrating vaccination championing in the pharmacy undergraduate curriculum to address vaccine hesitancy.

Method: Participants completed a pre-workshop questionnaire, attended an online workshop, conducted vaccination-promoting action/s, and provided evidence via a post-workshop questionnaire.

Result: Fifty three students completed the course. The students’ vaccination-promoting actions ranged from speaking with vaccine-hesitant family, friends and customers in the pharmacy, to posting on various social media platforms. Post-workshop showed an increase in the knowledge of participants regarding vaccination and a decrease in the belief of vaccine misconceptions. After attending the workshop, participants were more likely to engage with vaccine-hesitant friends, family, strangers and patients. They were also more likely to receive the Covid-19 vaccine for them and for their children.

Author Biographies

Nusayba Ali, University College London, London, United Kingdom

UCL School of Pharmacy

Diane Ashiru-Oredope , University College London & Public Health England, United Kingdom

UCL School of Pharmacy & Antimicrobial Resistance and Healthcare Associated Infection, National Infection Service

Sudaxshina Murdan, University College London, London, United Kingdom

UCL School of Pharmacy

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21/08/2021

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