For this report, we conducted a scan of over 250 articles in media, practitioner, government-issued and scientific (peer-reviewed) literature relevant to the U.S. vaccine rollout, including information published from government agencies and nonprofits as well as research on vaccine confidence, health behavior, information science, economic sciences, communications, social determinants of health, disparities in health outcomes, and structural racism. We interviewed leaders from across the nation working on vaccination campaigns in government, academia, foundations, the nonprofit sector, communications agencies, religious institutions, and community organizations to understand what these leaders identified as effective strategies for and barriers to Covid-19 vaccine uptake.
As a partner in the Equity-First Vaccination Initiative, we are also conducting mixed-methods participatory research involving elements of intervention design, delivery, and evaluation (with CBOs serving both as recipients and co-producers in our learning process) and qualitative evaluations and quantitative text analyses of partners’ perceptions, experiences, and learnings from this process (e.g. information is obtained from community partner meetings, office hours, participant observation, the projects CBOs developed and their reflections on them as expressed in monthly meetings, focus groups, and in-depth conversations.) This research is ongoing and the report shares insights from the first year of analysis.
This research report is supported by The Rockefeller Foundation.
We are grateful to the community leaders, experts and policy makers who have taken the time to participate via interviews, surveys, office hours and other ways. We are particularly grateful to the EVI community partners who are carrying forward the hard work of serving communities in need, for their leadership everywhere and their partnership on the EVI.