NEHI responds to a recent NYT article that outlines one of the largest barriers to COVID-19 immunization: an increase in vaccine hesitancy. Read more.
A safe and effective coronavirus vaccine is critical to providing widespread immunity and ending the current COVID-19 pandemic. However, a vaccine will only be effective if individuals are willing to get immunized. Saturday’s article in the New York Times highlights one of the largest barriers to COVID-19 immunization: an increase in vaccine hesitancy. While hesitancy was on the rise prior to the pandemic, the increasing politicization of approaches to control the pandemic and growing mistrust of the federal government has significantly worsened this problem and given rise to new groups of vaccine hesitant individuals. As described in the July 18th article, the work to obtain accurate and timely information about COVID-19 vaccinations and to empower trusted sources to deliver messages that resonate with diverse communities must begin now. NEHI’s upcoming virtual vaccine summit, Looming Challenges in Communications and Messaging, specifically focuses on addressing the importance of consistent messaging and communication strategies to address vaccine hesitancy and target those populations disproportionately affected by the pandemic. Share your voice with other experts to develop recommendations to address this vital issue. We hope you’ll join us. Please watch for our invitation.
ABOUT: NEHI (the Network for Excellence in Health Innovation) is a national nonprofit, nonpartisan organization composed of stakeholders from across all key sectors of health and health care. Its mission is to advance innovations that improve health, enhance the quality of health care, and achieve greater value for the money spent.