2022 Recordings

March 1, 2022

Day 1


Welcoming Remarks – Stacey Knobler, MSc, Vice President, Vaccine Innovation & Global Immunization, Sabin Vaccine Institute

Introduction of the VARN: Goals & Objectives – Dr. Kate Hopkins, PhD, MPH, Director of Research, Vaccine Acceptance & Demand, Sabin Vaccine Institute; & Dr. Ève Dubé, PhD, Quebec National Institute of Public Health, Canada

Keynote Address Robert Kanwagi, MPH, Consultant for Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance – Demand Generation For COVAX: Understanding Vaccine Acceptance: Why It Matters, How It’s Differentiated And Key Drivers

Keynote Discussion Panel – Dr. Ève Dubé, PhD, Moderator

  • Robert Kanwagi, MPH, Consultant for Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance – Demand Generation for COVAX
  • Dr. Holly Seale PhD MPH, School of Population Health, University of New South Wales, Australia
  • Dr. Abdul Momin Kazi, MBBS, MPH, Aga Khan University Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, Pakistan
  • Dr. Mónica Berger González, PhD, Unit of Medical Anthropology in the Center for Health Studies at Universidad del Valle de Guatemala

Moderated Audience Q&A, 20 minutes


Indicators of Vaccine Acceptance and Uptake from around the Globe

Moderator: Dr. Holly Seale, PhD, MPH, School of Population Health, University of New South Wales, Australia

Dr. Ève Dubé, PhD Quebec National Institute of Public Health, Canada: COVID-19 Vaccine Acceptance in Quebec, Canada: Findings of Repeated Surveys Conducted Across 5 Waves

Philip Wollburg, MSc Data Production and Methods Unit, World Bank: Attitudes Towards COVID-19 Vaccination in Africa

Dr. Ahmed Mushfiq Mobarak, PhD, MA Yale University School of Management, USA: Last-Mile Delivery of COVID vaccines: Field Trials in Sierra Leone, Bangladesh, and India

  • Niccoló F. Meriggi, MSc, International Growth Centre Sierra Leone, will join us on the live panel on behalf of Dr. Mobarak

Lisa Menning, MSc WHO Headquarters Department of Immunization, Vaccines, and Biologicals: The WHO Behavioral and Social Drivers (BeSD) Framework

Helena Ballester Bon, MA UNICEF Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office, Social and Behavior Change Section: Measuring BeSD of COVID-19 Vaccination, UNICEF Application of Globally Standardized Data Collection Tools in Eastern and Southern Africa

Claire Thomas, BSc Minority Rights Group International: Disparities in Access to Routine Childhood Vaccinations: Investigating Correlations with Diversity of Ethnicity, Language and Religion

Moderated Audience Q&A


Lessons Learned from Social Listening on Social Media/Messaging

Moderator: Dr. Margie Danchin, MBBS, PhDUniversity of Melbourne Department of Paediatrics, Australia 

Dr. Daniel Erchick, PhD, MPHJohns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA: What Message Appeals Are Most Persuasive To Nudge Vaccine-Hesitant Individuals To Accept A Vaccine? Pilot Message Testing in Kenya, India, Ukraine, Nepal

Dr. Rajiv Rimal, PhD, MAJohns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA: Promoting the Second Dose of the Covid-19 Vaccine in Odisha, India: The Role of Humor, Collectivistic Appeal, and Gender

Dr. Silvia Sommariva, PhDUNICEF Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office, Social and Behavior Change: Online Conversations on COVID-19 Vaccines in Eastern and Southern Africa: A Longitudinal Analysis of Social Listening Data

Jeff Mulhausen, BS Upstream Thinking: Redirecting Existing Demand for Information Towards Vaccine Confident Interpretation By Identifying Online Behavioral Nudge Interventions

Rose Weeks, MPH Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA: Building Rapport and Credibility with an AI Chatbot

Dr. Naor Bar-Zeev MBBS, PhD, MPH Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA: Supporting Immunization Systems Through Chatbot-Powered Social Listening

Moderated Audience Q&A, 20 minutes

March 2, 2022

Day 2


Frameworks, Training and Science-based Gaming

Moderator –Dr. Abdul Momin Kazi, MBBS, MPH, Aga Khan University Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, Pakistan

Tina Purnat, MS World Health Organization Department of Epidemic and Pandemic Preparedness: WHO Preparedness and Prevention of Infodemic Harms: Infodemic Management Training Programme and Inoculation Innovations

Alexandra Michel, MPH Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA: How Does Training Focused on Equipping Individuals with Skills To Identify and Reject Vaccine Misinformation Affect Vaccine Information Seeking?

Dr. John Cook, PhD Monash University Climate Change Communication Research Hub, Australia: Using Gamification To Combat Misinformation: Cranky Uncle, Vaccine Module

Dr. David Scales, MD, PhD Weill Cornell Medicine Division of Hospital Medicine, USA: Evaluation of a Geographic, Community-Focused Infodemiology Intervention Addressing COVID-19 Vaccine Misinformation on Social Media Using an Implementation Science Framework

Moderated Audience Q&A, 30 minutes


Moving Findings into Policy & Practice

Moderator – Nalini Anand, JD, MPH, Fogarty International Center, U.S. National Institutes of Health

Dr. Rajeev Seth, MD, MBBS Bal Umang Drishya Sanstha (BUDS), India: Translating BUDS Findings Into Local Policy and Advocacy

Ashima Gulati, B.A., LLB (Hons.) and Avani Airan, B.A., LLB (Hons.) –  #HumHongeKaamayaab, India: Vaccination Uptake in Marginalised Communities in India: An Analysis of Government and Civil Society Interventions to Address the Gender and Economic Divide in Accessing Free COVID-19 Vaccines

Dr. Janan Dietrich, PhD Bio-Behavioural Research Division Perinatal HIV Research Unit, South Africa: Translating lessons of HIV vaccine acceptance to COVID-19 vaccines among youth in South Africa

Corrina Moucheraud, ScD, MPH University of California Los Angeles Fielding School of Public Health, USA: Barriers Towards HPV Vaccine Acceptance in Malawi

Dr. Susanne B Montgomery, PhD, MPH, MSLoma Linda University School of Behavioral Health, USA: The Community Resiliency Model and How It Could Translate to Combatting Vaccine Hesitancy in Sierra Leone and Beyond

Dr. Rupali Limaye, PhD, MPH, MA Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA: What Can We Learn from Climate Change Misinformation to Inform Vaccine Hesitancy Strategies?

Moderated Discussion, 20 minutes

Session III

Efficiently Informing Mass Vaccination Campaigns

Moderator – Dr. Wahdae-Mai Harmon-Gray, MD, MSc, University of Liberia College of Health Sciences

Dr. Dena Gromet, PhD University of Pennsylvania Behavior Change for Good Initiative: Behaviour Change for Good: Effective Strategies to Boost Vaccination Rates

Sunny Sharma, MSc Ipsos MORI: Using Attitudinal Segmentation to Support Public Health Initiatives in sub-Saharan Africa: Case studies in Kenya, Nigeria and Zambia

Kenneth Davis, MA Fraym: Using Geomapping Data Analytics to Assist Governments in Tailoring Mass Vaccination Campaigns

Dr Ruth Carlitz, PhD Tulane University, Department of Political Science, USA and Dr. Thespina Yamanis, PhD, MPH, American University, School of International Service, USA: Challenges to and Opportunities for Rolling Out the COVID-19 Vaccine in Tanzania

Sofia Imad, MPH Artha Global, India: Vaccine Acceptance in Urban Slum Communities in Maharashtra

Moderated Discussion & Audience Q&A, 30 minutes

March 3, 2022

Day 3


Community-centric Approaches to Promote Vaccine Acceptance & Uptake

Moderator – Dr. Chizoba Wonodi, MBBS, DrPH, MPH, Women Advocates for Vaccine Access (WAVA), Nigeria

Baldeep Dhaliwal, MSPH Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA: Establishing an Understanding of Community-Level Misinformation and the Role of Community Health Workers in Vaccine Acceptance in India

Rubina Qasim, MSc Institute of Nursing, Dow University of Health Sciences, Pakistan: Using a Co-Design Approach in Designing and Testing Socio-Behavioural Interventions To Counter COVID-19 Related Misinformation and Its Impact on Potential COVID-19 Vaccination in Karachi, Pakistan

Dr. Freddy Kitutu, PhD, MPH, MA, School of Health Sciences, Makerere University, Uganda: Using Community Influencer Groups to Address COVID-19 Misinformation and Vaccine Hesitancy in Buikwe, Uganda

Dr. Benson Wamalwa, PhD, MSc & Dr. Caroline Aura, PhDUniversity of Nairobi, Kenya: A Community-led Virtual Intervention to Mitigate COVID-19 Misinformation and Increase COVID-19 Vaccine Acceptance in Kenya

Dr. Abdul Momin Kazi, MBBS, MPH Aga Khan University Department of Pediatrics and Child Health in Karachi: To Explore the Role of mHealth Based Interventions Including Social Media to Improve Childhood Immunization Coverage During COVID 19 Pandemic in Pakistan

Dr. Nadine Skinner, PhD, MPA Stanford Center for Health Education, Digital Medic, USA and Anne Kraemer Diaz, MA, Maya Health Alliance: Understanding Vaccine Acceptance in Indigenous Populations in Southern Guatemala

Dr. Nadia Diamond-Smith, PhD, MSc, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatics and Institute for Global health Sciences at the University of California San Francisco, USA and Dr. Preetika Sharma, PhD, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research: Why are Pregnant and Breastfeeding Women in Rural India who Want the COVID-19 Vaccine Not Getting Vaccinated?

Moderated Discussion & Audience Q&A, 20 minutes


Breakout Sessions/TWGs/WG

These sessions were not recorded for public access. 


Moderator – Dr. Kate Hopkins, PhD, MPHSabin Vaccine  Institute

Read-out from Working Groups

Baldeep Dhaliwal, MSPH, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health: Community-Centric Methods to Support Marginalized & Hard-to-Reach Populations

Rubina Qasim, MSc, Institute of Nursing, Dow University of Health Sciences, Pakistan: Fighting the Infodemic & Harnessing Social Media for Good

Dr. Theresa Sommers, PhD, MPH, Sabin Vaccine Institute: Data Integrity & Evaluation of Best Practices

Dr. Anant Bhan, MBBS, MHSc, Department of Community Medicine, Yenepoya Medical College and the Centre for Ethics, Yenepoya University, Mangalore: Supporting Communities of Practice Networks & Platforms

Highlights & Closing Remarks: Stacey Knobler, MSc, Sabin Vaccine Institute

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